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Alumni & Friends

In the Department of Geography, we are fortunate to have many alumni and departmental friends that continue to be a part of our professional and personal lives. One of the ways that we continue to connect with our alumni and friends is through our annual departmental awards for undergraduates and graduate students. These awards are the result of many generous contributions to the department that date back to the 1980s. At the end of every academic year, usually in April, the departmental awards are used to celebrate our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students at the annual awards banquet.

Awards Given Annually in the Department of Geography

  •  William R. Black Memorial Leadership Scholarship
    Award is given annually to an undergraduate student majoring in Geography who best exemplifies service to the discipline, community and the department. Student must be a junior or senior majoring in Geography and have a 3.0 or higher GPA.

  • William R. Black Memorial Leadership Fellowship
    Award is given annually to the Geography Department graduate student who best exemplifies service to the discipline, community and the department. Student must be in good standing.

  • Thomas F. Barton Awards:
    • G107 - Physical Geography
    • G110 - Human Geography
    • G314 - Urban Geography
    • G315 - Environmental Conservation
    • G340 - Southeast Asia
  • Stephen S. Visher Awards
    • G109 Weather and Climate
    • The Climatology Award
    • The Indiana Award
  • Norman J. G. Pounds Award
    • G120 World Regional Geography
  • Robert C. Kingsbury Award
    • G237 Cartography and Geographic Information
  • Paul W. and Marie K. Baumann Endowed Scholarship Award
    • Awarded to a freshman, sophomore, or junior who has declared a major in Geography. Criteria include a good work ethic, a solid academic record, and continuing to major in geography.
  • Outstanding Senior in Geography Award
    • Given annually to the most outstanding senior in the Department of Geography based on academic performance.
  • Alumni Associate Instructor Award
    • Given annually to a graduate student who excels in teaching.
  • Departmental Graduate Student Awards
    • Award is given annually to two graduate students who demonstrate outstanding performance in our graduate programs.
  • John Odland Research Fund Award
    • Award is given annually to develop, enhance, or expand the research activity of a Geography graduate student. A formal application, including a proposal and budget, is required.
  • Robert N. Johnson Scholarship
    • Award is given annually to an undergraduate student majoring in Geography who demonstrates academic merit and financial need, with preference given to students who are U.S. citizens.