Undergraduate Spotlight

  • I have always been sensitive to colors, and studying Geography & GIS can help me use this talent while also improving my programming skills. Taking a GIS approach and perspective on different cities, social situations, etc. allows me to analyze things in a more objective and rational way....
  • I have always loved Geography, and my high school AP Human Geography teacher included an additional unit on GIS that really piqued my interest. We got to work in groups and find the best location for a new business in our local area based on certain attributes. Learning ArcMap at a younger age was...
  • Geography, understanding where things are and why, always seemed like an intuitive way to figure out my place in the world. My initial interest came from visiting family in Serbia and trying to figure out Balkan geopolitics.
  • Majoring in Geography & GIS allows me to leverage my computer science knowledge into solving real-world problems. In particular, I enjoy the research paradigm in GIS of using data to better understand our world.
  • As GIS technology advances and its impact become more noticed, I hope that my skills within GIS can grow with my knowledge in environmental science and work to help mitigate the effects of climate change in the future.
  • I hope to acquire enough knowledge to pursue a career in telecommunications. I am interested in that particular field as it has a huge impact on the way we learn, work, and communicate with each other.
  • If you enjoy understanding how to compile and collect data that's useful for businesses and many other areas, GGIS is a good way to learn about how to interpret and use the data you collect.
  • I always wanted to have a career where I could help others and be on my feet all the time, and I would like to travel and use GIS for humanitarian efforts coinciding with global health.
  • Growing up, I was constantly brainstorming creative ways to represent time and space at different scales. I loved creating maps of made up worlds and constructing 3D models of landscapes out of scraps of wood.
  • GGIS allowed me to link my high school interest in world geography and aviation background to more technical applications and processes.
  • I believe I truly found a way to utilize my skills for causes revolving around spatial science.
  • Majoring in CS + GIS was inspired by my interests in the logical problem solving involved with computer science, coupled with a general interest in human geography.
  • I had done some work with GIS prior to undergrad and really enjoyed it. I wanted to be able to take what I already knew and expand upon it by getting more involved in the technical side of geospatial studies.
  • I started my undergrad as a computer science major but realized I wanted to do more with the intersection of programming and data analysis & interpretation.
  • I enjoy working with data to help people, and I recognize solutions are place-specific. Place-based cultures, land use, and natural resources are always important factors when thinking about engineering and humanitarian solutions.
  • The GGIS major allows me to connect my interests in the environment, earth sciences, history, political science, sociology, coding, and design all into one.
  • During my CyberGIS internship, I was fascinated by the amount of information we can get from geospatial data. My colleague said that the earth is the largest dataset you can work with.
  • I began my undergraduate career as a mechanical engineering student, fully believing that I should do engineering purely because I was good at math and physics in high school, and I thought that I would be able to help build a more sustainable world.