Graduate Student Activities

Geography Graduate Student Association (GGSA) holds regular meetings throughout semesters and is responsible to hold graduate student activities.


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GGSA Fall picnic at the Creekside park

Holiday Parties

Geography Awareness Week

Sponsored by Graduate Student Association, Geography GSA, and Department of Geography

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Guest speaker for Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week (November 2013)



Jobs in Geography Talk

12:30-1:30 pm


UB alumnus Dr. Michael Ziolkowski will give a talk related to careers in geography. Dr. Ziolkowski received his Ph.D. in geography from UB in 2004 and is currently an assistant professor at Brockport. He also spent a number of years working in the private sector before completing his doctoral studies.



Coffee Hour / Photo and Map Contest Judging

11-1 pm

Hallway outside of Faculty Offices

Join us to admire the entries into this year's photo and map contests. Photographs in both human and physical geography, as well as submitted maps, will be on display. Please stop by to enjoy some refreshments and cast a vote for your favorite submissions.


Endnote Workshop

2-3 pm


David Bertuca will present a workshop on utilizing EndNote software to help manage your references. David is the physical geography librarian and an EndNote instructor.



Presentation on Presentations

12:30-1:30 pm


Vincent Schutt will give a presentation on how to improve your presentation skills with powerpoint. Vincent regularly gives training on powerpoint as aprt of his current position and is also a MBA student at UB. Bring a presentation you are working on if you'd like feedback!



Economic Geography Faculty Candidate Talk (Kyung-Min Nam)

1 pm




3-4 pm

Sign in will be the Hallway outside of the Faculty Offices

Come join us for a GPS treasure hunt! There will be a series of points to find around the Ellicott Complex through a combination of clues and GPS locations.


Geography Awareness Week (November 2012)


Want to be the winner for the best photograph of this year? Join our Photo Contest during Geography Awareness Week!

Your photos will be displayed throughout the week, starting on our Culture Day for GAW (Nov. 12th).

Please submit at most one digital photograph in two categories: Human Geography and Physical Geography. Photos should show the uniqueness of a place by either human or physical elements of the photograph. Photos can come from the USA and abroad.

Rename photo file name with this format: Hum or Phy and then your UBIT Name.

For example, my submission to Physical geography would be: phy-nding.jpg.

Photos must be DIGITAL and at least 900 by 720 pixels (or 720 by 900).

Please submit photograph(s), title, your name, and description of up to 50 words to Nan Ding <> before November 9.


As Geography Awareness week is on its way, it's also the time to show off your cartographic skills!

It just has to be a good map! Feel free to submit any of your maps from coursework, personal projects, or work (if you have permission to share them!).

Rename map file name with this format: Map then your UBIT Name.

For example, my submission would be: Map-nding.jpg.

A sentence or two about your map (i.e. purpose of the map) would be nice, but not necessary.

All e-mail submissions will be printed on 8.5 x 11 papers.

Please submit your Best Map ( .pdf or .jpg) to Nan Ding <> before November 9.


If you have any questions about the contests, please email Nan Ding <>.






Culture Day

12:00 PM- 2:00 PM

4th Floor Graduate Student Lounge, Geography Department, Wilkeson Quad

A celebration of the different cultures represented in our department and university, this event is an opportunity for our students to share a dish from their home country and talk about their experience in our community. There will be around table discussion to touch on issues such as community and belonging.



Table at Student Union

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Integrated Environmental Management Presentations and Panel

Moderated by Chris S. Renschler (UB Geography)

8:00 AM - 1:15 PM

Francis M. Letro Courtroom (First Floor of O'Brien Hall, UB North Campus)


Student Group Project Presentations - Geo470/570/Law777 Integrated Environmental Management

8:00 A.M. - 11:00 P.M.

The group projects introduce the stakeholders and their management methods as well as the students review and recommendation of these methods to further integrate the management methods among all stakeholders in the Cattaraugus and Clear Creek Watersheds.

8:00 A.M.: Group I: Integrated Agricultural Management

8:30 A.M.: Group II: Integrated Forestry Management

9:00 A.M.: Group III: Integrated Groundwater Management

9:30 A.M.: Group IV: Integrated Riparian Zone Management

10:00 A.M.: Group V: Integrated Coastal Zone Management

10:30 A.M.: Group VI: Integrated Agricultural Management


Invited Panel of Stakeholders Discussing Student Group Projects

11:15 A.M. - 1:15 P.M.

Confirmed/Invited(*) panelists are:

Barry Boyer (University at Buffalo, Law School),

John Whitney (US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service),

Mike Gates (Seneca Nation of Indians, Emergency Management),

Mike Baker (US Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District),

Don Zelazny/Jim Lehnen* (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation).

More information about the Integrated Environmental Management course can be found at:



Guest Speaker: Professor Adel Sadek, Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo

10:00 AM

Geography Department, Wilkeson Quad


WNY GIS User Group November Meeting
5:00 PM

Z80 Incubator Labs, 1 News Plaza, Suite 20, Buffalo, NY 14203

Presenters: Mike Gangemi, Erie County Environment & Planning; Sean Myers, NBT Solutions; Chris Castiglione, USFWS



1:00 PM

Wilkeson Hallway

Refreshments will be served.


Student Research Symposium

This is an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to present their research topic that is related to geography e.g. GIS, Population Health, Migration, Earth Science, Urban and Regional Analysis, Environmental Science.

2:00 - 2:45 PM

108 Wilkeson

Meng Le, "Modeling the impact of climate change on soil erosion and runoff"
Xiang Ye, "Map Algebra Clustering"


3:00 PM

Fillmore 170