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Kate Carlson looking into a microscope in a lab setting.

Kate Carlson: Mapping her Future

Sophomore Kate Carlson has already job shadowed a county GIS specialist, mapped Shakespearean plays as part of her honors project, and worked in the dendrochronology lab. “The Department of Geography offers experiences that teach not only the concepts needed in the field of geography, but also the real-world applications of them,” she says.

Researching Community Factors to Improve Wellbeing of Senior Citizens

Jessica Finlay, a doctoral candidate in geography and gerontology at the University of Minnesota, is researching how community factors such as transportation services, built infrastructure, and neighborhood social environment impact the wellbeing of senior citizens. Her research was given national attention when it recently appeared on the Council of Graduate Schools website.

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