Distinction and Scholarships

Departmental Distinction

Geography & GIScience undergraduate majors who have maintained a University grade-point average of 3.25, and who satisfactorily complete an independent study project (GEOG 391) during their senior year will be eligible to graduate with distinction. Students should consult their advisor about distinction requirements as soon as they enter the field of concentration, and no later than the end of their junior year. Distinction is awarded at three levels: Distinction, High Distinction, and Highest Distinction; and the award level is based on grade-point average and quality of the independent project.

 

Geography & GIScience Distinction Requirements:

Level
Requirements
 Distinction

3.3 GPA overall
3.3 GPA in Geography & GIS

 High Distinction

3.3 GPA overall
3.75 GPA in Geography & GIS

Highest Distinction

3.3 GPA overall
3.75 GPA in Geography & GIS
GEOG 391 (Senior Honors Thesis)*



*The independent study course (GEOG 391) satisfying distinction requirements will normally be a project equivalent to 2-4 hours of credit, which may be completed over one or two terms, including the summer session. The project will be reviewed by a committee of three faculty members and the project advisor. Projects will be assessed as superior, good, or satisfactory.

The Geography & GIScience advisor will review the student’s grade-point average in geography and the project committee’s judgments, and recommend to the department head the level of distinction to be awarded.

In order to be considered for these awards in any given academic year, the senior thesis from the relevant GEOG 391 course must be turned in by April 15 for Spring graduation.

Departmental Awards


Jerome D. Fellmann Award ($200): The Fellmann Award is given to one Geography & GIS graduating senior who has written a senior honors paper rated Superior.

John Thompson Award ($100): The Thompson Award is presented to graduating Geography & GIScience seniors whose academic achievements are rated excellent. Selection criteria include GPA, senior honors paper (not required but strongly recommended), faculty endorsement, and departmental activities. More than one Thompson Prize may be awarded each year.

Students are not eligible to receive both the Fellmann and Thompson Prizes.

Departmental award recipients will be invited to the annual LAS Awards Banquet in late April or early May, and will also be recognized at the annual SESE Convocation.