Each year, through a variety of programs, the Department of Geography recognizes students doing exceptional work in the discipline.


The Peter Gould Award in Geography is presented to a senior geography major who has enriched the geography community through exemplary leadership, service, and achievement.

The Shannon McCune Prize in Geography is presented to the senior geography major who has demonstrated outstanding academic merit and promise, as judged by the department’s faculty.

The Kevin Williams '10 Endowed Memorial Fellowship Award was established in memory of Kevin Williams '10 to provide stipend support for one or more geography majors to travel while studying abroad.


Honors and High Honors

Students in geography wishing to pursue honors must have a major GPA of 3.50 or better. Students pursuing honors who have a major GPA of 3.70 or better may be eligible for high honors. In such cases, the geography faculty will determine whether the completed honors project is of sufficient quality to warrant such an award. Eligible seniors who wish to pursue honors must follow the guidelines for honors in geography. If approved for preliminary honors work, students will register for GEOG 490, a half-credit course in preparation for honors work, during the fall semester. If given final approval for honors work, students will register for GEOG 499 during the spring term. At the end of the spring term, candidates for honors will make oral presentations of their completed honors projects to the members of the department. The decision to award honors will be made by the department in consultation with the faculty advisers based on the quality of the honors project, oral defense, and other evidence of distinction.