Geography Awareness Week – 2021

UCA’s Geography Awareness Week & GIS Day Celebrations are here!!

Welcome to Geography Awareness Week 2021. Join the UCA Geography Department, Geography Club, and Gamma Theta Upsilon for a celebration of Geography and GIS. There will be a series of events hosted by external groups, including ESRI, the Arkansas GIS Users Forum, and US State Department, as well as several presentations by UCA Geographers. Be sure to check out our social media throughout the week (links below) for Geography trivia and the 2021 edition of our Google Earth Scavenger Hunt.

Schedule of Events 

  • Tuesday, November 16:
    • 9am-11am – MapGive Initiative (
      • Join the members of the US State Department’s Office of the Geographer to examine the power of community-based GIS projects and the use of OpenStreetMaps in humanitarian efforts around the world. Register for the webinar and create an account with OpenStreetMaps to participate in a mapping opportunity. For more information and to register for the event, visit the following:
    • 6pm-6:30pm – GIS Guest Lecture: Dr. Rongting Xu, Oregon State University Post-doctoral fellow
      • Dr. Xu will be joining the GEOG 3403 class as a guest lecturer to give a talk about spatial statistic applications in air pollution. Her talk is titled ‘Why atmospheric ammonia raised across the U.S. — a GTWR-based analysis‘. To join the virtual lecture, visit:
  • Thursday, November 18:
    • 11am-noon – Student Research in Geography
      • Research Presentations by Marisol Filares and Paul Seminara as part of Geography Awareness Celebrations at Missouri Western University. Join the Zoom presentation at:
    • 1:40pm-2:30 – CNSM Chalk Talk
      • Come to Burdick 205 as UCA Geography hosts the final College of Natural Science & Mathematics Chalk Talk of the Fall 2021 semester. Hear student researchers from Geography, Biology, and Chemistry present their work.
    • 4pm-5:15pm – Geography Education Outreach
      • Geography faculty will be showcasing mapping techniques with 4th and 5th grade students at Bale Elementary in Little Rock as part of outreach efforts by the UCA STEM Institute. Contact Dr. O’Connell for ways you can be involved.
  • Friday, November 19:
    • 1:30pm Burdick 301 – Internship and Career Opportunities
      • Join a panel of current and former UCA students to hear about their experiences with external internships and finding careers after graduation.

Check out our Social Media feeds throughout the week for Geography & Environment-related trivia and facts, including our Google Earth Scavenger Hunt at 9am, 2pm, and 6pm each day.

UCA Geography on Twitter
UCA Geography on Instagram
UCA Geography on Facebook

Make sure you stay in touch after Geography Awareness Week as UCA Geography will be rolling out more events and announcements throughout the remainder of the 2021-2022 academic year.

For more information, contact the department at