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Student Spotlight – Thomas Crimmel

What made you decide to be a geography major? I decided to become a Geography major because I like picture books. As a kid, I really disliked flipping through wordy books to find the pictures, so I preferred an atlas mostly because it was easy to understand, visually interesting, and gave my imagination a world […]

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Alumni Spotlight – Andrew Fricker- Class of 2005

We caught up with Andrew Fricker to see what he has been up to since receiving his B.S. in Geography in 2005. Photo courtesy of Andrew Fricker Why did you major in geography? What year did you get your undergrad? I was originally a biology major, and organic chemistry was really hard and frankly a […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Richard Middleton-Class of 2006

    Dr. Richard Middleton graduated from UC Santa Barbara in January 2006 with a Ph.D and has been working as a Deputy Group Leader (Computational Earth Science; EES-16) and Senior Scientist in the Earth and Environmental Sciences at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico since 2016. Prior to his current position, […]

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Graduate Degrees Conferred 2017-2018

Congratulations to our most recent UCSB Geographers who have completed their degrees. Listed below are those who earned their Masters and PhD’s over the course of the year. Congratulations to those who have Mastered it, and to those who are Phinally Done!     MA • Chen Zhang-Summer 2017 • Carlos Baez- Fall 2017 • Yiting Ju- Fall […]

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Student Spotlight: Physical Geography Major- Mary Toomey

  Read our latest Student Spotlight in Mary Toomey’s own words: I’ve always had a passion for the earth sciences, especially oceanography and meteorology. My interest in Geography started with taking Geog 20, Geography of Surfing (best class ever!). I started taking more Geography classes after that and was very drawn to the interdisciplinary nature […]

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Class of 2018 Geography Graduation Reception

On June 15th, outside Ellison Hall in our courtyard, the Department of Geography held it’s annual Geography Graduation Reception, from 3:30-5:30pm. Student’s families and friends were all welcome! We awarded a group of students with various awards, and after, enjoyed a reception full of laughter, excitement and photos documenting the celebratory weekend.   We would […]

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Three graduate students awarded prestigious NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships

NASA requires a highly trained workforce to achieve its scientific goals. One means of finding those skilled scientists is by way of its Earth and Space Science Fellowship program, which provides training grants to principal investigators at universities and educational institutions that support graduate student research. Three students from UC Santa Barbara have received NASA […]

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Annual Geography Awards Colloquium 2017-2018

  This year our Annual Geography Awards Colloquium took place on June 7th, and highlighted and celebrated extraordinary Graduate students and Undergraduate students. There were 9 awards given to students this year.       Graduate Awards: The Jack and Laura Dangermond Graduate Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding graduate student in Geography studying within […]

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Tech Savvy Conference 2018

  On Saturday April 7, geography graduate students participated in Tech Savvy, a daylong conference at UC Santa Barbara. This conference gives girls in grades six through nine an opportunity to explore STEM education and related careers through hands-on workshops. UCSB Department of Geography’s Visibility and Outreach committee members Sari Blakeley, Susan Meerdink, Amelia Pludow, and […]

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Geography Trivia 2018

The Graduate Student Outreach Committee put on a Geography Trivia Afternoon on Friday, April 27 for graduate students, faculty, staff and undergraduates. There were 27 participants altogether: 15 graduate students, 5 faculty, and 7 staff members. The first place team was ‘Remote Senseless’ with graduate students Chris Kibler, David Miller, Sarah Shivers, Cascade Tuholske, and […]

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