Geography Alumni Win Award for Research

Two recent HSU Geography graduates took the top undergraduate prize at the annual Association of Pacific Coast Geographers meeting, September 6 through 8 in Eugene, Oregon.

HeatherAnn Van Dyke and Amy Avery-Grubel wrote a paper titled "Cognitive Mapping and Spatial Interpretation: A Survey of HSU Students Regional Perceptions," which earned the President's Award for Outstanding Paper by an Undergraduate Student and $150 prize money -- chosen over submissions from campuses such as University of Oregon, University of Nevada, University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Sonoma State University.

Geography Department professor Stephen Cunha also attended the conference to presented his paper "Two Decades of Change in Glacier Bay, Alaska," as was alumna and University of Oregon master's student Shannon Cram, who presented a paper on the geographic impact of the closure of Hanford Nuclear Facility.