Geography & Environmental Studies

MSC 01 1110
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Bandelier West & East

Phone: (505)277-5041
Fax: (505)277-3614

Student Funding

Opportunities for student funding!


The GPSA Summer grant and scholarship cycle will open Monday, June 5, and will close at noon on the second Friday of the summer term, June 16. You can access the application at There will be a final applicant training for the summer term tomorrow, June 5, at noon in the Luminaria room on the third floor of the SUB. 


Great scholarship opportunity from GIS in the Rockies, details below: 


Research Lab Technician in Sustainable Agriculture,
School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan

Job Title:         Research Lab Technician Intermediate (Job Code 102942)
Working Title: Research Lab Technician Intermediate
Department:    School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE)
FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt
Type/Hours:    Full Time (40 hours/week), Monday – Friday
Start date:       Flexible, between July – September 2017
Term:   1 year.  This is a term-limited position initially for one year with potential to extend to two years based on performance, funding, and need.  

Position and Details: The Jain lab at the University of Michigan is seeking a Research Lab Tech to help process and analyze large datasets (ranging from census datasets, geo-spatial datasets, and satellite imagery) to aid research on sustainable food systems and food security in the face of environmental change. Competitive salary will be provided based on qualifications + benefits. In addition, the Research Lab Tech will help manage the lab group and website.

Qualifications and Application Instructions:  Bachelor’s degree in computer science, geography, sustainability science, agricultural sciences, economics, environmental sciences, or a related field and prior research experience is required. Demonstrated ability to analyze complex data and work independently is required. Preference will be given to applicants with strong programming skills (in R, Python, MATLAB, and/or Google Earth Engine). Additional experience with remote sensing would be a benefit but is not required.  

If interested, the following application materials should be emailed to with the email subject of “Research Application”:

1)         Cover letter describing general research interests and programming experience
2)         CV
3)         List of 3 potential references with contact information (email)

Application Deadline:  Applicant are encouraged to apply by 4/18/17.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and this job posting may be closed at any time after 4/18/17.

The School of Natural Resources and Environment’s overarching mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth's resources and the achievement of a sustainable society.  Through research, education, and outreach, the faculty, staff, and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques, and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis.

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Meha Jain
Assistant Professor
School of Natural Resources and Environment
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Applications for the New Mexico Geographic Information Council’s 2017 Jesse Rossbach Scholarship are due April 20!!!

 Information is  available at


A great opportunity to have you work recognized and, as a slight bonus, a free trip to Vegas! 


2017 Robert Raskin Student Competition (Submission Deadline Extended)

We are pleased to announce the “2017 Robert Raskin Student Competition”, which will take place during the AAG Annual Meeting in Boston, MA April 5 – April 9, 2017. This competition is sponsored by the AAG Cyberinfrastructure Specialty Group (CISG). The competition aims to: 

  1. Promote research in topics related to cyberinfrastructure (CI), such as high performance/distributed computing, spatial data management, processing, mapping, visualization, analysis and mining, spatial web and mobile services etc.,
  2. Encourage spatial thinking and the development of geospatial CI in colleges and universities, and 
  3. Inspire curiosity about geographic patterns, geo-computing, and CI for students and the broader public.


We accept submissions on January 1st, 2017 and the deadline is extended to March 1st, 2017.

The “First Prize in 2017 Robert Raskin Student Competition” will be awarded $500 and a certificate.


  •         01/01/2017: Accepting entries
  •         03/01/2017: Submission deadline (extended)
  •         03/15/2017: Judges select top five finalists that are invited to give a presentation at AAG
  •         04/05/2017 – 04/09/2017: Presenting and announcing winners

Competition Rules

  1. Each participant needs to submit a short research paper in the form of an extended abstract (2,500 words limit). Other supplementary materials, such as a URL to a live website, can also be included in the submission.
  2.  Competition participants must be enrolled full-time at a community college or a university. All submissions must be the original work of the entrant.
  3. Recommended application areas include, but are not limited to: crime, public health issues, transportation, climate, urban planning, land use/cover change, and disasters of all kinds.
  4. Each entry can be submitted by one student or one student group (no more than FIVE people in each group). Maximum of one entry per student. Entries must be designed and implemented by the student(s).
  5. Students who participated in previous years’ competition can attend again, but entries must be different from earlier submissions.
  6. As the judge panels, the CISG board members will select the TOP FIVE entries. Judges will consider a variety of criteria, including but not limited to topics, techniques, design and writing. Students submitting one of the TOP FIVE entries may be asked to supply documentation proving their full-time student status.
  7. The TOP FIVE entries will be invited to give an oral presentation at the AAG meeting. The top five finalists must register for the 2017 AAG meeting at their own expense. They are encouraged to attend the conference and must give a presentation in the CISG Student Competition Panel Session during the AAG meeting. Additional travel support may be available and will be announced through our competition websites. The CISG board members will select the FIRST PRIZE ($500) among the TOP FIVE entries. 

Students should use the following web form to submit their entries:

Advertising posters for the 2017 Robert Raskin Student Competition are available at the following link:


A great NM scholarship for the GIScience inclined. Our students have been winning this for several years, so I strongly encourage you to consider applying.


Applications for the next round of AAG Cartography Specialty Group Master’s Thesis Research Grants are due by March 15th, 2017.

Masters students enrolled full time are invited to apply for the CSG Master’s Thesis Research Grants. These grants are intended to promote scholarly research in cartography by students enrolled in Geography or a related degree program. Grants are available up to a maximum of $500 and may be used for items necessary and relevant to research, such as travel, materials, equipment, and human subject fees.

Deadlines for application are March 15, June 15, and November 1 of each year. Applications and inquiries should be directed to the CSG Non-Academic Director, Sarah Bell, at

For more information and the application form, please visit the CSG awards information page.

1/30/2017--NFS undergrad research in Belize and Orlando

This summer at the University of Central Florida, we are pleased to host the second year of our National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site “Preparing the Next Generation of Scholars through Community GIS and Citizen Science.” Our program offers fully funded summer research experiences for at least 8 undergraduate students in Belize for 5 weeks and Orlando for two weeks.  The program is open to all U.S. students and runs June 19-August 4, 2017.  We are interdisciplinary in nature emphasizing community geography, community GIS, and citizen science through mixed methods, including sketch mapping, mobile mapping applications, focus groups, in-depth interviews, GIS, and spatial analysis. 

 We're hosting a Facebook Live Event "Secrets to an Awesome Citizen Science GIS REU Application" on Wednesday, February 1 @ 3 pm EST. Join Dr. Hawthorne (REU PI) and Lain Graham (REU Senior 

Research Coordinator) as we give away the secrets to a successful application to our National Science Foundation (NSF) #REU Site in Orlando and Belize. Please share with your pals and have them join us. #citizensciencegis #ucfreu.  Join the discussion at

Please distribute to interested students and your networks.

Research opportunities: Students will work in one of two research directions with community partners and mentors from University of Central Florida, University of Belize, Georgia State University, The Hopkins Belize Village Council, and The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program:

  • Research Direction 1: Mapping disparities in flooding & disaster management
  • Research Direction 2: Mapping marine debris & mitigating impacts on coastal communities

Compensation: Each REU student will receive a competitive funding package, including a $3500 research stipend, a meal allowance, free shared housing in Belize and Orlando, up to $750 in travel support to/from the REU Site, up to $750 for post-REU conference travel, and 2 research methods books.


Application process: The priority application deadline is Friday, February 17th @ 5 PM EST.  Complete program information and application instructions can be found at


More travel funding!



  • Student Research Grant (SRG): May fund travel and lodging to conduct research in the field (includes artistic projects like photography or dance), the cost of research materials, and/or travel/lodging and conference fees for conferences at which the applicant is making a presentation. Offered every fall, spring and summer semester. Up to $500.
  • Professional Development Grant (PDG): May fund travel/lodging and fees for job interviews, auditions, clinicals, mock trials, unpaid internships, conferences at which the applicant is not making a presentation, and other professional development travel or related expenses. May not fund expenses eligible for the SRG. Offered every fall, spring and summer semester. Up to $500.
  • Graduate Scholarship Fund (GSF)In addition to our grants, each fall and spring semester we offer the Graduate Scholarship Fund (GSF) - a $1,000, need-based scholarship for students within three semesters of graduation. 

 The Grant Applications information can be accessed on the GPSA Grants Webpage, via the following link:  


National Trails Intermountain Region (NTIR) is pleased to announce that we have been selected to host an intern at UNM for the NPS Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP).  Please see the attached flyer for more information about the project “Sharing our History: Hispanic Legacies of Route 66.” 

 The second attachment is a general announcement by our partner organization, Environment for the Americas, about the LHIP 2017 summer internship opportunities. 

 Additional LHIP opportunities can be found on the Hispanic Access Foundation website: and Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program (



2016-2017 Rocky Mountain Region Student Scholarship Announcement

In its continuing efforts to support and build awareness for the Remote Sensing and GIS / Geospatial sciences, the Rocky Mountain Region of ASPRS is proud to announce its academic scholarships for 2016-2017.  The ASPRS-RMR offers scholarships to deserving undergraduate and graduate students every year.  There will be at least one scholarship awarded (assuming sufficient applications are received) in the range of at least $500 to $1,000 each, depending on level of study (Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D.).  The scholarships are intended for students throughout the Rocky Mountain Region (Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico) who demonstrate excellence while pursuing careers in the fields of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or related disciplines.  Both undergraduate and graduate students of any third-level educational institution within the four-state region who are pursuing careers in these disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Get information and the application from the “Newsletters” page at

11/1/2016--Arts and Sciences Undergrad research Initiative