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Week of April 1st, 2019 - AAG!

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Friday, April 5th, 7 p.m.
Southern Hospitality
1815 Adams Mill Road - Washington, D.C.
Geography & GIS Gathering at AAG 2019
Faculty, students, scholars, alumni, and colleagues are invited to share drinks, food, and good cheer during AAG. Southern Hospitality is just ~1 mile northeast of the Marriott. If you know of any Illinois Geography alumni attending AAG this year, please share this invitation with them.


Thursday, April 18th, 10:00 a.m.
2049 NHB - Russell Seminar Room
Geography Graduate Student Association (GGSA) Invited Colloquium:
Vinay Gidwani, University of Minnesota
The Gender of Value: Violence, Care Work and Petty Accumulation in the Urban Informal Economy


 Marc Armstrong

Friday, April 19th, 3:00 p.m.
2049 NHB - Russell Seminar Room
Marc P. Armstrong,
University of Iowa
Geography & GIS Distinguished Alumnus Colloquium


Michael Batty - April 29th at 4pm in 2079 Natural History 


Saturday, May 11th, 2:00 p.m.

Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
SESE Convocation- Registration closes this Sunday, April 7th!
Students graduating in May or August 2019 are encouraged to attend this ceremony, which will also include graduates from Atmospheric Sciences; Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainabilty; and Geology. SESE Convocation does include hooding of Master's and PhD degrees.

Graduate Students

PhD student Jue Wang (advisor: Mei-Po Kwan) was awarded one of two ISPRS 2019 International Journal of Geo-Information Travel Awards.

PhD student Donald Planey (Advisor: Julie Cidell) was awarded "Best Student Paper" by the 2019 AAG Economic Geography Specialty Group.

PhD student Fikriyah Winata (Advisor: Sara McLafferty) received a travel grant from the Illinois Chapter of the Wildlife Society to attend their 55th annual meeting in Springfield later this month.


GGIS major and Informatics minor Samah Quadri has received the inaugural Yvette B. Hernandez Scholarship. This annual scholarship was established by Keith Searles (BS, CEE, '96), founder and CEO of UrbanGIS in Chicago, to recognize students from the School of Earth, Society, and Environment who demonstrates extensive GIS skills and excellent leadership qualities.



M.S. in GIS + Business
Illinois PSM
Wednesday, April 3rd, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Coble Hall, Room 304
Are you contemplating graduate school, but just don’t know if you are up for research and a thesis?  Does the thought of combing geographic information science (GIS) and business skills excite you? Join us on April 3rd in 304 Coble Hall from 4:00 – 5:00 pm to learn more about our 18-month, non-thesis program which include three semesters of study and a summer internship. Learn more about the Illinois PSM in GIS and other PSM programs at