Department of Geography and Geology - Scholarship Information
Departmental tuition support scholarships are available through the Department's Excellence
Fund, the Debbie Kreitzer Memorial Study Abroad Fund, the Michael Trapasso Meteorology
Fund, and the Gildersleeve Fund for Geology Excellence for Academic Year 2019-2020.
In addition, a scholarship from the Dr. James Leslie Davis Scholarship Fund
is also available for 2019-2020 (go to WKU's scholarship site to complete an application for this fund no later than February 1st each year).
For Undergraduate and Graduate Students studying geospatial topics (GIS, Remote Sensing),
a merit-based scholarship from the Syed Reza Ahsan Scholarship Fund for Remote Sensing
and Spatial Analysis is available for those students with financial need. Applicants
for these scholarships MUST complete the WKU (not the departmental) Scholarship application
form (go to WKU's scholarship site to complete an application for this fund).
For full-time undergraduates or graduate students studying geography (cultural,
GIS, planning, meteorology), a need-based scholarship from the James and Avo Taylor
Scholarship is available that provides funding for the academic year. Applicants for
this scholarship MUST complete the WKU (not the departmental) Scholarship application
form (go to WKU's scholarship site to complete an application for this fund), and the recipient cannot be receiving
any other form of financial aid. Applications are due February 1st of each year for
the upcoming academic year.
For the departmental academic-support scholarships, competitive funding is available
for freshman BS Meteorology students, outstanding returning BS/BA Geology students,
and outstanding returning BS Geographyand Environmental Studies majors. Incoming freshmen
students should have high ACT/SAT scores and an outstanding record of achievement
in their high school. Returning students should have a 3.2 GPA or higher, have demonstrated
financial need, or have a compelling reason to justify funding support.
A departmental Application Form is downloadable here.
The Scholarship Committee will consider GPA, financial need, and other relevant information.
DEADLINE for departmental applications is July 15 for the upcoming academic year,
and March 15 annually for summer programs (Study Abroad, field camp, etc.).
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***NOTE: The WKU deadline for scholarships is FEBRUARY 1 - this deadline includes the Department's DAVIS, TAYLOR, and AHSAN scholarships.
Travel scholarships are available for Geography, Geology, Meteorology, GIS, and Earth
Science majors and Geoscience Graduate students for each academic year:
(1) Students must be attending an approved local, regional, national, or international
conference and be sponsored by a department faculty member;
(2) Priority funding support is given to those students who are presenting a paper
or poster at a conference, and who are supervised by a faculty member;
(3) Students seeking travel support must request funding from their faculty supervisor
using the approved travel request form, who should then forward the request for funding
to the Department Head;
(4) Students should submit a budget of their anticipated expenses with their request
for funding using the approved form;
(5) Students should share costs wherever possible (hotel, driving, etc.) and should
be prepared to contribute their own funds to the professional development activity
as departmental budgets are extremely limited;
(6) The department does not pay per diem; it only reimburses reasonable and normal
travel expenses. Students should keep all receipts as no reimbursement can be made
without an accompanying receipt;
(7) Students should seek funding support from other sources as well, including the
Ogden Dean's office, the Honors College, faculty grants, etc.
(8) All claims for reimbursement MUST be made within 30 days of completion of travel.
NO reimbursements will be processed after the 30-day deadline;
(9) Requests for non-travel support such as equipment rental, sample processing, etc.,
should be made directly to the faculty supervisor with a justification for requesting
(10) For more information, contact your faculty advisor or the Department Head.
There are several educational, research, and public service facilities housed within
the Department that provide fascinating opportunities for a combination of theoretical
and practical work. The Cave and Karst Studies Summer Program serves as a major research center dealing with all aspects of cave
and karst studies, with an emphasis on solving environmental problems associated with
karst terrain. The Center for Human Geo-Environmental Studies is a consortium of scientists and students dedicated to research and higher education
at the frontiers of environmental science. Its primary mission is to be a leader in
the development of innovative, basic and applied research programs aimed at understanding
the dynamics of human-landscape-atmosphere interactions. A major goal of the Institute's
activities is to actively involve undergraduate and graduate students in all aspects
of this research as an integrated part of their academic programs with the purpose
of nurturing their intellectual growth, critical thinking skills, and technical experience
in the environmental discipline.
The Advanced Materials Institute (AMI) coordinates and promotes educational, research, and public service activities
for various groups in WKU’s Department of Geography and Geology, Department of Chemistry,
other Ogden College of Science and Engineering Departments, and the Applied Research
and Technology Program. The AMI is also active conducting third-party testing of materials
for regional and national businesses.
The College Heights Weather Station maintains a fully equipped weather station with
remote radar capability. The Kentucky Climate Center is staffed by the State Climatologist and maintains an extensive set of Kentucky
climatic data. The Kentucky Mesonet is a network of automated weather and climate monitoring stations being developed
by the Kentucky Climate Center at Western Kentucky University to serve diverse needs
in communities across the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Department also has several computer labs with numerous GIS applications, statistical packages,
database programs, and Internet applications. The Department's state-of-the-art Geographic
Information Science (GIS) Laboratory contains advanced microcomputers, ARCGIS software,
and other computer-mapping software. A map library is also maintained. Applied and
basic field research by faculty and students is conducted continually in the local area, surrounding states, and throughout the
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Last updated on 11/29/18