Clubs and Memberships
Geography Club & GIS Club are student-led organizations focused on promoting interest in the various Geographic disciplines along with other Social and Physical Sciences… while enjoying pizza Members have opportunities to participate in discussions, field trips, science conferences, social events and more. Geography & GIS Clubs provide opportunities for students to engage with each other as well as faculty and alumni. Our clubs are open to all students and UWO community members interested in Geography.
Gamma Theta Upsilon, an international honor society in geography, was founded in 1920 and became a national organization in 1931. The department recently opened our own UW Oshkosh Chapter of GTU to honor and recognize the academic excellence of our students. See the qualifications located on our Awards and Honors page and check out the GTU brochure to give you a better idea about the benefits of membership. Watch your inbox for information about Fall inductions.
Viessmann Sustainability Seminar, sends twenty UW Oshkosh students to Germany for a week-long seminar about sustainability at the Viessmann Academy in addition to visiting Berlin, Germany’s capitol city. Students participate in classroom instruction, learning background information on sustainability, business, and the history, geography and culture of Germany before heading out. At the Academy students share ideas and work alongside students from Germany and around the globe to design a presentation on a sustainability plan for the CEO of Viessmann.
Faculty Research & Collaboration Opportunities for Students
The Geography & Urban Planning Department at UW Oshkosh provides students with learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom. Students work closely with professors on collaborative research projects, to gain valuable knowledge of Geographic concepts and real-world experience on projects ranging from a study of wetlands in the Winnebago Pool Lakes to an analysis of the air cargo industry in Southeast Asia.
Having among the most desirable student to faculty ratios you will find in any major anywhere, Geography students benefit from small class sizes, individual advising and one-on-one mentorship.
Along with teaching, Geography & Urban Planning professors are actively engaged in many research endeavors. We have received several research grants from both the UW Oshkosh Faculty Development Program and external sources such as the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. National Science Foundation, which encourage student participation in faculty research.
A Few Research Projects that Geography & Urban Planning faculty are working on:
Dr. Heike Alberts continues to work on topics related to international migration. Her current research examines the factors international students consider in deciding to study in the United States as well as in whether or not to return to their home countries after graduation. In the recent past, Dr. Alberts has also worked on several other projects, including a paper about teaching geography through sports examples and a follow-up on her earlier, and deliciously important, research on chocolate.
Dr. Mark Bowen is currently involved in a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service funded project investigating the impacts of conversion of agriculture and climate change on playa wetlands on the High Plains of the central U.S. This research is a mix of field-based surveying and soil sampling, laboratory analysis of soil cores, and GIS-based analysis of watersheds and wetlands.
Dr Bowen is also conducting fluvial geomorphology research on Wisconsin’s stream and rivers. This research includes analyzing watersheds in different regions of the state to determine how the stream networks have developed and become more elaborate as glaciers retreated. Another project is focused on evaluating how dams alter the flow of water and sediment through streams and how that affects upstream and downstream reaches. Both of these projects involve a mix of field-base surveying and GIS-based analysis of stream networks and watersheds.
If you are interested in participating in any phase of his research, feel free to contact Dr. Bowen at firstname.lastname@example.org.