Geography alumnus named Rhodes Scholar

Colin Higgins (B.A. '15) has been named a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship, an honor reserved for the top undergraduate scholars.

Higgins, of Middleton, Wisconsin, completed his undergraduate studies in May, triple majoring with comprehensive honors in environmental studies, geography and history. He is currently a graduate student in the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs and will complete an accelerated Master of Public Affairs degree in the spring.

The Rhodes Scholarship funds two to three years of study at England's Oxford University. Founded in 1902, it is the oldest international study program in the world; on average, it is valued at approximately $50,000 per year. Read more

Department launches online Professional Masters in GIS and Web Map Programming

The Geography Department officially the launched its new Online Professional Masters in GIS and Web Map Programming. This is the first online degree offered by our department and we are excited to expand our educational outreach to new audiences and deliver globally in-demand geospatial development training.

The degree offers working professionals around the world a chance to earn a non-thesis M.Sc. in less than one year. It builds upon and differentiates itself from our successful GIS Certificate Program by focusing on GIS and web map programming, rather than GIS application. The new master’s is catered to working GIS professionals who weren’t formally trained in web GIS, programming, or web mapping when they completed their education. Read more