Prospective students entering as part of the Fall 2015 cohort will have the opportunity to apply directly to the PhD program without first attaining a Master's degree. More details here.

Join the Department of Geography, Environment and Society as we celebrate the career of Professor John Fraser Hart on Friday, April 17, at 3:30 in Blegen 10.

Note the change of venue: Blegen 10


A group of Urban Studies students won 2nd place in the 2015 University Real Estate Challenge. Each year undergraduate student teams from Midwest universities act as development consultants for the same development site. This year a 2 acre Bassett Creek site in Minneapolis' North Loop neighborhood was the chosen site.
Our students are Urban Studies, Architecture and Entrepreneur Studies majors. The U of M team made it through the initial judging to the top 3 and were able to present to the 100+ member audience. Their second place finish will bring $2500 to the University Foundation to be distributed to the Judith A. Martin fund, and $500 to the team itself.

See the names of the team members and the rest of the story. is dedicated to expanding the conversation about land use and transportation issues in the Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota. Recently it's podcast was a conversation with Assistant Professor of Geography, Brenda Kayzar. Brenda researches urban real estate, housing, and the role of artists in urban economies. She was interviewed by UMN Geography graduate, Dr. Bill Lindeke, to talk about the history and future of "arts districts" in the US, particularly the northeast Minneapolis arts district, where Brenda serves on the board of an arts advocacy organization.

3 UMN Geographers in the news!

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Lorena Munoz receives prestigious fellowship

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Assistant Professor, Lorena Munoz, has been awarded the Woodrow Wilson 2015 Career Enhancement Fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation,

The goal of the Career Enhancement Fellowship Program is to increase the presence of minority junior faculty members and other faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and sciences.

Lorena will receive a one-year sabbatical stipend; a research, travel or publication grant; and participation in a two-and-one-half day annual conference/retreat.

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Congratulations to Lalit Batra and Jessica Finlay!

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They both have been awarded Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships(IDF) for the 2015-16 academic year.

The IDF provides a unique opportunity for outstanding doctoral students whose research is interdisciplinary and who would benefit from interaction with faculty at one of the University's interdisciplinary research centers or institutes. Jessica and Lalit were both endorsement by a host center - Jessica the center on Aging; Lalit the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change - then they were nominated by GES to the University wide fellowship.

The fellowship provides a stipend of $23,000 for the academic year (September-May), tuition for up to 14 graduate credits each semester (fall & spring), and subsidized health insurance through the Graduate Assistant Health Plan.

Congratulations Jessica! Congratulation Lalit!

Kate Derickson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Environment and Society, has been awarded the Junior McKnight Land-Grant Professorship. This
two-year award is designed to advance the careers of exceptional junior faculty.

Kate is an urban political economist working with the intersections of feminist epistemology, racialization and political economy. Particularly she is interested in understanding how academic scholarship can resource historically marginalized communities.

Congratulations Kate!

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A map for the day!

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Professor Nikhil Anand honored

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Nikhil Anand was awarded the Junior Scholar Award by the Anthropology and Environment Society of the American Anthropological Association for his forthcoming paper "Leaky States: Water Audits, Ignorance and the Politics of Infrastructure in Mumbai" which is to be published in the highly regarded journal Public Culture.

The award is presented to early-career scholars, for the purpose of encouraging talented junior scholars to continue working in the domain of anthropology and environment by recognizing their exemplary scholarship.
Congratulations Nikhil!