Earning your Geography and Urban Studies degree is only part of what you can—and should!—experience at the College of Liberal Arts. Get off campus and study abroad, earn an award or scholarship or join one of our undergraduate student organizations or our graduate student organization.
We encourage our students to study abroad during their undergraduate career for at least one semester through either Temple University or another accredited university program. Studying abroad is the fastest way to learn a second (or third) language, a critical part of undergraduate education, and it can open the door to future international work. We work closely with students to help identify study abroad programs and courses that keep them on track for graduation.
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Geography and Urban Studies Awards and Scholarships
Awards and scholarships are presented annually to students from the Department of Geography and Urban Studies (including environmental studies majors) who exhibit academic excellence. Scholarships also take demonstrated financial need into account.
For a complete list of departmental and college level awards and scholarships you may be eligible for, please visit the Geography and Urban Studies Scholarships & Financial Aid page.
Student Organizations for Geography and Urban Studies Students
Gamma Theta Upsilon We nominate students for membership in the National Honorary Society in Geography on the basis of GPA. Students, who are initiated annually, can submit articles to the GTU journal and apply for national scholarships.
Geography & Urban Studies/Environmental Studies Student Association Not just for GUS/ES students, the GUS/ES Undergraduate Student Association focuses on topics in Geography and Urban and Environmental Studies: geographic information systems, urban agriculture, sustainability and social justice through guest speakers and group outings. For more information, or to be added to the listserv, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate Professional Organizations for Geography and Urban Studies
Association of American Geographers Our MA and PhD programs are affiliated with the Association of American Geographers (AAG), a non-profit scientific and educational society aimed at advancing the understanding, study and importance of geography and related fields. The Annals of the Association of American Geographers and The Professional Geographer are the association’s flagship journals and the organization holds an annual meeting. In 2015, the organization awarded Temple University Press the AAG Publication Award, given in recognition of exceptional and outstanding contributions to the discipline by publishers.
Harris Webber Graduate Fellowship Recipients
2019-2020 Alisa Shockley, PhD Candidate in Geography & Urban Studies
Title: Co-victims of Gun Homicide: Black Women Navigating Spaces of Trauma
Alisa Shockley’s research will examine how African American women who have lost a loved one to gun-violence (co-victims) perceive their neighborhood and navigate their everyday spaces following their loss. This research will chart new pathways to theorize how racism, poverty, and trauma compound and how Black women craft survival strategies as they navigate landscapes of trauma. The research will take place in Philadelphia, PA among African American women, ages 18 and over. I will use a Black feminist standpoint, qualitative GIS, and participatory photo mapping to center the knowledge and experiences of Black women. My research will advance the field of geographies of trauma and will illustrate the impacts of limited mobility or immobility on trauma and inequality. The results of the research will be shared with the participants and organizations specializing in mental health and counseling for families of victims of gun violence, and will contribute to public health policy.
2018-2019 Sarah Heck, PhD Candidate in Geography & Urban Studies
Heck’s research will examine contemporary water infrastructure redevelopment projects in the St. Louis region where flood mitigation strategies have played a historic role in shaping regional economic development. Her research will examine projects addressing pluvial flooding from aging storm water infrastructure in St. Louis and projects addressing fluvial flooding from overflows on the Mississippi River. Her research questions center on how historic infrastructural projects shape contemporary redevelopment efforts focusing on how uncertainty and risk are calculated in times of changing storm and precipitation patterns leading to increased flood risk from climate change. Using qualitative methodology and archival research, her research aims to explain how historically uneven investments in infrastructure continue to shape water governance policies and projects today. Her research will contribute to scholarly and practical questions that lie at the intersections of infrastructure and equity by evaluating contemporary water infrastructure projects and their implications for social equity and environmental justice.
2016-2017 Sarah Stinard-Kiel and Yoonhee Jung, PhD candidates in Geography and Urban Studies
Stinard-Kiel’s research will look at a new shift in social services toward ‘trauma-informed care’. She will be looking at how trauma-informed approaches have been gaining traction over the past decade, particularly when it comes to service provisions for youth in disadvantaged urban areas. Her research will examine how practices and discourses around trauma are being deployed by social workers, schools, and government agencies and what kind of broader structural and political impacts they may be having. The research will involve ethnographic fieldwork in Philadelphia and New Orleans to examine how trauma-approaches play out in these two urban contexts. The results of the research will be shared with social service organizations and are likely to impact the future of trauma-informed urban policy.
Jung’s research will examine how urban sustainability is defined, conceptualized, and translated into practice in Seoul, one of the Asian megacities, by observing the processes of the decision-making and practices of two major urban policy, focusing on sustainable urban form and public space. Her research questions center on decision-making processes for urban sustainability policy, asking what factors were crucial for the discourse around urban environmental policy decision-making in Seoul. A mixed method including in-depth interviews and spatial analysis will be used for this research. By examining urban sustainability issues in Asian megacity context, this study will contribute to the development of urban theory on the definition and conceptualization of urban sustainability by adding new perspective from Asian megacities in the current west-oriented literature on urban sustainability. Also, this study will provide a valuable case study of the processes and the effects of urban environmental policy practice for other Asian megacities.
2015-2016 Ritwika Biswas, PhD candidate in Geography and Urban Studies
Biswas’ research will examine the factors that restrict or enhance Indian women’s access to urban spaces and their mobility and therefore their ability to exercise their rights of full citizenship. By examining the issue from a feminist geographic perspective, the research aims to move beyond a focus on fear of crime as limiting women’s mobility to analyze the interconnectedness among various socio-cultural gendered norms, and urban policies and planning that hinder or support women’s mobility. Drawing on qualitative methodology and mapping, the study will take place in the metropolitan city of Kolkata involving women and men aged 18 to 65. The results of the proposed research will likely make important contributions to Indian urban policies and academic debates.
2014-2015 Colleen Hammelman, PhD candidate in Geography and Urban Studies
Hammelman’s research will examine the coping strategies employed by displaced women in Medellin, Columbia and Latina migrant domestic workers in Washington DC in order to better understand both everyday lived experiences of food insecurity in these environments and the influence of structural processes. Her research questions center on connectivity, asking how food insecurity coping strategies carried out by transnational migrants relate to the connectivity fostered by mobility and social networks. Using a mixed methods research design characterized by the qualitative GIS method of sketch-mapping during in-depth interviews, she asks how food insecurity coping strategies relate to neighborhood and city-wide mobility/immobility; how social networks influence food insecurity coping strategies; and how mobility and social networks support or affect each other.