Nearly every year UMF Geography students participate in the annual conference of the Association of American Geographers. In recent years, students have traveled to Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, and Boston to present their research alongside faculty and graduate students.
Land Use and Geographic Information Science (GIS) classes have done "sketch mapping" interviews with more than 350 visitors to nearby Sugarloaf and Saddleback ski resorts. The interviews and analysis illustrate the values associated with landscapes in the Rangeley/High Peaks region. The students' research is supported by a grant from the prestigious National Science Foundation. Students co-author and co-present their findings to on- and off-campus audiences.
Two UMF Geography students, Kevin Knight and Addie Qualey, recently traveled to Comalapa, Chimaltenango, in Guatemala, to work as research assistants to Assoc. Professor of Geography Brad Dearden on a study of local knowledge, attitudes and practices related to family planning.
Student David Irwin (dual major: Geography and Political Science) recently collaborated with Assoc. Professor of Geography Brad Dearden to analyze the survey data and co-presented the team's research at the New England meeting of the Association of American Geographers, at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.
Students in the Introductory Global Transformations course conduct hands-on research on globalization by taking an investigatory field trip to the local Wal-Mart and students in an upper-level Environmental Issues class recently camped overnight at Baxter State Park and toured its unique scientific forestry area.
UMF Geography students in an upper-level Cultural Geography class conducted background research on local agriculture and conducted in-depth interviews with area farmers. Their contributions are collected into a report titled "A Look at Local Agriculture."
In an upper-level Planning course, UMF Geography students performed a corridor planning study for the stretch of U.S. Route 4 from Livermore Falls to Rangeley, Maine. They presented their study to local economic development officials and GIS professionals.
Here at UMF, students gain valuable real-world, hands-on experience through internships with the Maine Dept. of Conservation, the Maine Drinking Water Program, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources, New Hampshire Division of Forests and Land, Aerial Survey and Photo of Norridgewock, Maine.
For additional information about Geography at the University of Maine at Farmington, just contact the Office of Admission:
Office of Admission
University of Maine at Farmington
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Farmington, Maine 04938-1994
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