Call for Virtual Reality (VR) Field Trip Organizers

Call for Virtual Reality (VR) Field Trip Organizers

Help create a well-rounded, dynamic experience of AAG’s 2021 Annual Meeting, by participating in the development of virtual reality field trips. Join the member-led effort to harness VR technology for rich, virtual engagements with the geography of Seattle and the surrounding region.

How to Get Involved:

Help identify field trip topics of interest to geographers. Topics can span the entire breadth of the discipline of geography (e.g. urban geography, place, culture, fluvial geomorphology). If you have an idea or a topic you would have liked to explore yourself in place, please fill out the details in this form.

Join a virtual “tour guide” team. Join in small teams to organize virtual tours, drawing from your expertise and experience as “tour guides” in and around the Seattle area. This would involve writing the storyboard, selecting stops along a tour and introducing the location or area – in text, audio, or potentially video. If you are interested in this slightly-more-involved role, please fill out the details here.

Make the VR content. Help convert tour materials to a format suitable for consumption, using simple VR tech like Google Cardboard. If you are familiar with creating VR content or enthusiastic about learning, then please use this form to register your interest.

Last but not least, participate in a virtual field trip. If you are registered for AAG 2021 Seattle, congratulations! The virtual field trips will have room for you, no advanced sign-up or payment required, although each participant will need to acquire their own VR viewer (Cardboard viewers used with smartphones are available online for as little as $10).

Details about virtual tour options will be available soon through the annual meeting website. Once the meeting is over, the field trips will be shared for free.

We will start assembling teams in the 3rd week of October (even more info is here)

Best, 

Rebecca Shakespeare (rebecca.shakespeare@tufts.edu)
Dipto Sarkar (dipto.sarkar@carleton.ca
Karen Kemp (kakemp@usc.edu)

Several graduate assistantships at UNC-Charlotte in health and GIS

Image Courtesy of UNC Charlotte Admissions

Up to five graduate assistantships in the Department of Geography & Earth Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte at the intersection of health and GIS.

The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) is recruiting several graduate students to immediately fill research assistantships for recently awarded projects. Preference will be given to applicants who can start in the Spring 2021 semester. 

  • One Ph.D. student with expertise in geostatistical modeling and environmental health. The student will work on developing rapid interpolation techniques to detect unusually high concentrations of contaminants in water from private wells in Gaston County, near Charlotte. This is a five-year project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The candidate will have a strong background in programming, spatial and/or geostatistics. The student will work in tandem with the second hires.
  • Two graduate students (Ph.D. or master level) with expertise in dashboard development to map environmental health data. The students will work on developing public- and expert-based dashboards (ESRI, Tableau or other platforms) to map unusually high concentrations of contaminants in water from private wells in Gaston County, near Charlotte. This is a five-year project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The candidates will have excellent skills in programming, spatial and/or geostatistics, GIS.
  • Two graduate students (Ph.D or master level) with expertise in Web GIS dashboard development for COVID19 wastewater surveillance. The student will work on the development of a Web GIS-driven dashboard for the analytics and mapping of wastewater data that will help monitor the COVID-19 information. This project is currently funded by UNC-Charlotte, with NIH funding pending. The candidate will have a strong background in Web GIS, CyberGIS, GIS-based programming, and good writing skills. 

The students will be housed in the Center for Applied Geographic Information Science (http://gis.uncc.edu), and will be provided with powerful computers and have access to cyberinfrastructure-enabled high performance computing resources. Interested students should apply immediately to the Ph.D. program in Geography, Master of Arts Program in Geography, or Master of Science in Earth Sciences. The programs are waiving the GRE test. Students will receive 9-months stipend (four years for Ph.D. students, and two years for master students), including full tuition and health benefits. Summer support is also possible based on performance. 

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is the second largest campus in the state, with state-of-the-art geospatial computing facilities. Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina. Contact Dr. Eric Delmelle (eric.delmelle@uncc.edu) & Dr. Wenwu Tang (WenwuTang@uncc.edu) for more information.

AAG Pilot Workshops

The American Association of Geographers is piloting 2 workshops next week that may be of particular interest to the experiences of graduate students during COVID-19. The pilot is the first phase of a new AAG program meant to support graduate students in adapting their research to this new virtual reality. After this pilot, they will develop and share a call for more workshop proposals. Each workshop is intended to showcase a research method in geography that is feasible during the pandemic or showcase a method’s new strategies to adapt to the pandemic.



Students will be encouraged to attend as many workshops as they can to gain a better understanding of the versatility of geography, its possibilities, and so they can adapt their method or process in case it was impacted by the pandemic. These workshops will also serve as a venue for students of any geographic speciality to connect with one another.

If you have any questions about this pilot program, please do not hesitate to contact Coline Dony (cdony@aag.org) and Julati Nilupaer (jnilupaer@aag.org)

2020 Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference

Hi GSAG Community:

Please see the conference information below, which includes a student paper competition opportunity!


Call for papers: COVID-19 and Vulnerable Populations 

The 2020 Race, Ethnicity, and Place (REP) Conference will be held virtually, October 22-23. Session proposals and paper abstracts are due September 1. For full details on registration, abstract submission, session proposal submission, and our NSF-funded workshop to support HBCU and MSI geographers, go to www.repconference.org.

This year’s virtual REP 2020 will feature:

  • Special paper sessions on Covid-19 and vulnerable populations as well as general REP theme sessions.
  • REP student paper competition
  • On-line opening happy hour session on the evening of October 21 (BYO)

Send questions to raceethnicityplace@gmail.com

We hope to see you virtually in October,

Mark Barnes, Morgan State University
Sarah Blue, Texas State University
Joseph Wood, University of Baltimore

GSAG 2020-2021 Board Elections

Elections for GSAG 2020-2021 Officers will take place virtually between Wednesday July 29, 2020 and Friday July 31, 2020.  Nominations for Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and Community Builders will be accepted until Friday July 24, 2020. To nominate yourself or someone else, please e-mail gsag.chair@gmail.com with the name and contact information of your nominee. If you are nominating yourself, please include a brief bio and a short statement on why you are interested in the position.  Officer positions and responsibilities include:

  • Vice-Chair: Serve as a replacement for the chair in case they cannot continue with their duties or in the case of graduation.  This position requires a two years minimum commitment; on the first year, they will serve as Vice-Chair, and on the second year, they will take over the Chair position.  As Vice-Chair, they will help monitor the implementation of short-term goals, assist the Chair to fulfill their responsibilities, and organize relevant AAG sessions/activities as desired.
  • Treasurer: Gets checks for grantees, communicate between the AAG and award winners to ensure that they receive their checks, stay aware of all GSAG finances, reports on membership numbers and budget (liaison between AAG and GSAG on all financial matters), collaborate with the organization on relevant AAG sessions/activities as desired.
  • Secretary: Solicit information, prepare, and send out a biannual newsletter, keep minutes at GSAG meetings, maintain website and social media presence, collaborate with the organization on relevant AAG sessions/activities as desired.
  • Community Builders: solicits information to be shared via website and social media, grow and maintain GSAG presence, keep organization membership informed of opportunities and events related to graduate students and the GSAG community, assist in organizing the social event at the AAG annual meeting and collaborate with the organization on relevant AAG sessions/activities as desired.

GSAG is an inclusive organization, and all who run for election (regardless of outcome) are invited to serve as board members.  We welcome your input and encourage your participation.

GSAG Supports the Harassment Free-AAG Initiative

At the 2019 AAG Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., AAG launched a campaign to foster an enjoyable experience for all, and promote “positive culture in culture and respect for dignity of each individual.”

Professional ideas and information are exchanged most effectively at the AAG Annual Meeting and other AAG events in an atmosphere free of discrimination or harassment and characterized by courtesy and respect. To that end, the AAG expects all individuals who attend the national conference or who participate in other AAG-sponsored events to conduct themselves in a manner that establishes an atmosphere free from discriminatory practices. All participants are expected to treat others with respect and consideration, follow venue rules, and alert staff or security when they have knowledge of dangerous situations, violations of this Event Conduct Policy, or individuals in distress. The purpose of this policy is three-fold: to foster a positive, harassment-free environment; to offer support for victims of harassment, and to provide for disciplinary action for violations of the policy.  This Conduct Policy applies to all attendees and participants at any AAG-sponsored event, including in online venues, and at AAG-sponsored meeting social events. All who register to participate, attend, speak at, or exhibit at an AAG event agree to comply with this Policy.

AAG Non-Discrimination and Harassment Policy on www.aag.org

We highly encourage you to promote these same ideals in your departments, professional and academic spaces, and in the communities you are apart of. We’re looking forward to continuing these conversations on ensuring the geographic discipline and annual meeting locales remain harassment-free. Please consider keeping the support services and resources suggested by the AAG accessible to you and your peers. For more information, please visit the AAG Non-Discrimination and Harassment Policy website.

GFDA Early Career Workshop

2019: June 23-29 at George Washington University in Washington, DC – Deadline to Apply is June 1, 2019

Resister here Check out the Flier for 2019

The early career workshop is open to graduate students and faculty who are just beginning their careers in higher education — instructors, lecturers, assistant professors, and other untenured faculty. The one-week program is open to faculty from all types of teaching and research institutions inside and outside the US. The workshop, sponsored by the American Association of Geographers, focuses on topics which are frequently the greatest sources of stress in the first years of a faculty appointment, including:

  • Developing significant learning experiences for your students
  • Career planning
  • Time management
  • Getting the most out of academic conferences
  • Ethics in research, teaching, and advising
  • Nuts-and-bolts issues about writing and publishing
  • Preparing a CV, job search and interviewing
  • Promoting collegiality
  • Preparing for the tenure process
  • Balancing personal and professional life

The workshop touches on issues of teaching and learning, particularly those revolving around designing effective courses, issues of diversity and inclusion, and active pedagogy. The goal of the workshop is to help participants balance the many responsibilities of academic life and to understand how their teaching, research, service, outreach, and personal lives intersect and interconnect. Most participants have built lasting networks among themselves and with workshop leaders.

You do not need to be a member of the American Association of Geographers to register for the workshop or to enter the website. Follow the instructions to “Sign Up” for a temporary password if you are not an AAG member. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.

AAG Dissertation Research Grant – Deadline Dec. 31

The AAG provides support for doctoral dissertation research in the form of small grants of up to $1000 to PhD candidates of any geographic specialty.You are eligible to apply if you have been an AAG member for at least one year at the time you submit your application, you do not have a doctorate at the time of the award, and you will have completed all Ph.D. requirements except the dissertation by the end of the semester or term following approval of your award (i.e., you will  have all requirements except the dissertation completed in the spring or summer term immediately following the Dec. 31 application submission). Click here for more information: http://www.aag.org/cs/grants/dissertation

GSAG Travel Award: Deadline Feb. 8

GSAG is a professional organization committed to representing graduate students within the Association of American Geographers and their advancement in the field of Geography. The GSAG Awards Committee will review all applications and award five $250 GSAG Professional Development Awards. We encourage all graduate students, masters and PhD, to apply. Preference will be given to first-time attendants of the AAG annual conference. Please fill out all the sections below and submit by Friday, February 8, 2019. Awardees must pick-up award checks at the GSAG Business Meeting at the AAG annual conference. Email this application and all materials to Douglas Allen at gsag.chair@gmail.com, GSAG Chair.  Recipients should be notified on the second week of March. Travel Award Application can be found here.