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Graduate Students

Our students are bright, success-oriented achievers who bring a broad mixture of skills, experiences and interests. Some begin with little or no background in GIS. Others are already working in the field. MGIS students have undergraduate degrees from a variety of disciplinary areas including the humanities, social sciences and natural/physical sciences. Some of our students founded the GIS Student Organization (GISSO), which sponsors a GIS Day event in the fall and a job and career fair in the spring.

Name Previous Degree & Specialty
Alysha Alloway
Fall 2017
Full-time
Macalester College, BA Geography/Classics
Human-environment interaction; sustainability
Carlynne Anderson
Fall 2016
Full-time
University of Minnesota, BA Urban Studies
Urban studies; GIS and society
Han Bao
Fall 2017
Full-time
University of Minnesota, BA Urban Studies; MA Urban and Regional Planning
Spatial analysis andmodeling; sustainable urban development
Meric Birol
Fall 2017
Full-time
Karadeniz Technical University (Turkey), BS Geomatics Engineering
Spatial analysis and modeling
Zhuo Chen
Fall 2018
Full-time
Anhui University of Science & Technology, BS Natural Geography & Resource Environment
GIS software development and spatial analysis
Whitney DeLong
Fall 2017
Full-time
University of Arizona, BS Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Spatial analysis and modeling; scientific applications
Katherine Dooley
Fall 2017
Full-time
Carleton College, BA Environmental Studies
Environmental modeling and analysis; soil and water management
Peder Engstrom
Fall 2016
Part-time
University of Minnesota, BS Geography
Global environmental research; spatial modeling and analysis
Nicole Helgeson
Fall 2016
Full-time
University of Wisconsin River Falls, BS Geography and International Studies
Remote sensing and spatial analysis
Anders Hopkins
Fall 2018
Full-time
Luther College, BA Anthropology and Classics
Spatial analysis and modeling, public health
Brynn Johnson
Spring 2017
Full-time
University of Minnesota, BS Fisheries and Wildlife
Wildlife management and environmental education
Jasper Johnson
Fall 2017
Full-time
University of Minnesota, BA Political Science
Spatial analysis of international conflict, geospatial intelligence and national security
Sarah Jones
Fall 2017
Part-time
University of Minnesota, BFA Painting, Drawing and Printmaking
Asset management and university services
Xiaoran Li
Fall 2018
Full-time
Northwest A & F University, BS Geographic Information Science
Environmental modeling, spatial analysis and statistics
Kuan-Jui Lin
Fall 2018
Full-time
Chung Cheng Institute of Technology, BEng Environmental Information & Engineering
Web GIS and Services, spatial analysis and geovisualization
Alison Link
Spring 2017
Part-time
Grinnell College, BA International Relations; University of Minnesota, MA Multicultural College Teaching and Learning
GIS development
Megan Luick
Fall 2018
Full-time
Gustavus Adolphus College, BA Geology & Geography/GIS
Hydrogeology, spatial analysis and modeling
Anna McGraw
Fall 2017
Full-time
Hamline University, BA Anthropology
Spatial analysis of human-environment interaction
Hitomi Nakamura
Fall 2016
Full-time
University of Minnesota Duluth, BA Geography/GIS
Natural disaster and emergency management
Venkateswara Navuri
Fall 2017
Full-time
Koneru Lakshmaiah University, BTech Civil Engineering
Geovisualization and spatial modeling, big data
Young-Shin Park
Fall 2018
Full-time
Yonsei Unviersity, BS Computer Science and Industrial System Engineering; BS Nursing; Seoul National University, MPH, Health Care Management and Policy
Spatial modeling and statistics, public health, geovisualization
Melisa Larsen Platson
Spring 2017
Full-time
Technical University of Denmark, BS Arctic Technology
Arctic environment resource management and spatial analysis
Elise Rosengren
Spring 2018
Full-time
University of Minnesota, BS Recreation Resource Management
Natural resource management/ecology, enterprise GIS
Emily Ruetz
Fall 2018
Full-time
University of Minnesota, BS Computer Science
Geocomputing, big data analytics
Coleman Shepard
Fall 2017
Full-time
University of Minnesota, BS Geography
GIS development, big data and modeling
Dorothy Shreve
Fall 2016
Full-time
Evergreen State College, BS Chemistry
Natural resource management
Megan Sisko
Fall 2016
Full-time
University of Minnesota, BS Fisheries and Wildlife
Conservation planning and assessment
Galen Sjostrom
Fall 2017
Full-time
Wesleyan University, BA East Asian Studies - Chinese
Environmental modeling; spatial analysis and geovisualization
Andrew Smith
Fall 2016
Part-time
Gustavus Adolphus College, BA Geology
GIS development; spatial analysis and modeling
Nicholas Stoterau
Fall 2017
Full-time
University of Minnesota, Duluth, BA International Studies
Spatial analysis and modeling, human rights
Lauren Strug
Fall 2017
Full-time
Beloit College, BS Geology
Environmental conservation, spatial analysis and modeling
Erik Thorkelson
Spring 2018
Full-time
Carthage College, BA Geography and Earth Science
Spatial analysis, cartography
Frank Wagner
Fall 2016
Full-time
Winona State University, BA History
Cartography and geovisualization; spatial analysis
Meng Wang
Fall 2016
Full-time
University of Washington, BA Geography
Public health, spatial analysis
Michael Wethington
Fall 2016
Full-time
Augsburg College, BA Psychology
Landscape conservation ecology
Boxuan Xia
Fall 2016
Full-time
University of Minnesota, BS Geography
Climate change and natural disasters, spatial analysis
Jiateng Xu
Fall 2017
Full-time
University of Waterloo, BES Geomatics
Geospatial analysis and modeling
Zhiwei Yan
Fall 2017
Full-time
University of Waterloo, BES Geomatics
Geospatial analysis, cartography and geovisualization