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My Geography is the information resource page for current geography faculty, staff and students. If you have any questions, please contact us at 803-777-5234.

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Thornton receives dissertation award

Grad student Jill Thornton has been selected by the AAG's Political Geography Specialty Group  to receive this year’s Alexander Murphy Dissertation Enhancement Award  for her research on evangelical and missionary geopolitics. Way to go, Jill!


2024 Minghi Lecture

Robin Leichenko,  a professor and chair of the Department of Geography and co-director of the Rutgers Climate Institute at Rutgers University, will present the 2024 Minghi Lecture on Friday, March 22. Her talk, "Exploring the 'how' of sustainability transformations," will be in Callcott 011 at 4 p.m.


DeBoom honored

Meredith DeBoom was named one of the 2024 McCausland Fellows. The McCausland is the most prestigious faculty fellowship for early-career faculty in USC's College of Arts & Sciences. Congratulations, Meredith!

Department graduate teaching awards

The winners of the department teaching awards have been announced:  
Christopher Long, Department of Geography Teaching Assistant Award, 2023; and Michelle Harris, Department of Geography Graduate Instructor Award, 2023. Congratulations, Chris and Michelle!


Harris honored for her leadership

Geography grad student Michelle Harris was announced as the 2023 winner of the  Dean’s Award for Excellence in Leadership by the Graduate School. Way to go, Michelle!


Hiscox wins Mungo award

April Hiscox has joined Meredith DeBoom, Conor Harrison, and Gregory Carbone as a winner of the Michael J. Mungo Award for Undergraduate Teaching. Congratulations, April!

Geographers score at Discover USC

Geography students and geography-mentored students won a number of awards at the poster competition at the university's showcase this April

Geographers assess SC dune health

Professor Jean Ellis and Ph.D. student Michelle Harris talk about how they measure the impact of a hurricane on a renourished beach.

Two geographers named Garnet Apple winners

Professors April Hiscox and Cuizhen Wang have been recognized for teaching innovation and named as two of the six Garnet Apple Award winners for 2023.

DeBoom recognized as undergrad research advisor

Dr. Meredith DeBoom is one of four individuals the university is honoring this year with a Distinguished Undergrad Research Mentor Award.  DURMA recipients have dedicated extensive time and energy to guiding undergraduate students through the research process, from developing a new project to teaching research methods and skills to providing the support needed for a student to see their project through. Congratulations, Meredith!

Student uses geography class to make app for USC equestrian program

Payton Potter, a sophomore member of South Carolina's equestrian program, used a geography class to develop an app that provides fans and future equestrians with information about the university's equestrian program and its facilities. Payton worked under Dr. Tara Remington's supervision in an ArcGIS class to develop a virtual tour of One Wood Farm that showcases the team's indoor and outdoor arenas, locker room, pastures and more.

Ning wins research grant

Huan Ning was one of only 49 graduate students at USC to receive a SPARC Graduate Research Grant for 2022–23. The grant will support his research project "Neighborhood Mobility Assessment for Wheelchair Users Using Street View Imagery and Artificial Intelligence." Congratulations again!

Allan James passes

Distinguished Professor Emeritus L. Allan James recently passed away in California, his retirement home and the site of much of his research, after a long teaching career at USC.

Breakthrough graduate scholar

Huan Ning,  a Ph.D. candidate in geography, was named one of the university's 2023 Breakthrough graduate scholars. Congratulations, Huan!


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Photo: Sedimentation fieldwork at the McCrady Base in Columbia; Michael Hodgson.


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