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Giving to the Department of Geography

In the Department of Geography, we are fortunate to have many alumni and departmental friends that continue to be a part of our professional and personal lives.  One of the ways that we continue to connect with our alumni and friends is through our annual departmental awards for undergraduates and graduate students.  These awards are the result of many generous contributions to the department that date back to the 1980s.  At the end of every academic year, usually in April, the departmental awards are used to celebrate our outstanding undergraduate and graduate students at the annual awards banquet. 

Give Now Button In addition to our donor-defined awards, we also welcome general-fund donations.  General-fund donations give us the flexibility to develop new awards, such as the “Most Outstanding Senior Award” and “Alumni Associate Instructor Teaching Award”.  We also use general-fund donations to sponsor valuable activities such as graduate-student travel to professional conferences.  All of these funds are administered by the Indiana University Foundation on behalf of the Department of Geography.

If you have questions or thoughts about making a donation, please feel free to contact us directly or you may contact the Development Office in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

With best regards,

Scott Robeson
Department Chair

Awards Given Annually in the Department of Geography

  • Thomas F. Barton Awards:
    • G107 - Physical Geography
    • G110 - Human Geography
    • G314 - Urban Geography
    • G315 - Environmental Conservation
    • G340 - Southeast Asia
  • Stephen S. Visher Awards
    • G109 Weather and Climate
    • The Climatology Award
    • The Indiana Award
  • Norman J. G. Pounds Award
    • G120 World Regional Geography
  • Robert C. Kingsbury Award
    • G237 Cartography and Geographic Information
  • Paul W. and Marie K. Baumann Endowed Scholarship Award
    • Awarded to a freshman, sophomore, or junior who has declared a major in Geography.  Criteria include a good work ethic, a solid academic record, and continuing to major in geography.
  • Outstanding Senior in Geography Award
    • Given annually to the most outstanding senior in the Department of Geography based on academic performance.
  • Alumni Associate Instructor Award
    • Given annually to a graduate student who excels in teaching.
  • Departmental Graduate Student Awards
    • Award is given annually to two graduate students who demonstrate outstanding performance in our graduate programs.
  • John Odland Research Fund Award
    • Award is given annually to develop, enhance, or expand the research activity of a Geography graduate student. A formal application, including a proposal and budget, is required.
  • Robert N. Johnson Scholarship
    • Award is given annually to an undergraduate student majoring in Geography who demonstrates academic merit and financial need, with preference given to students who are U.S. citizens.