Department of Geography and the Environment

UT Geography Society

The University of Texas Geography Society is an undergraduate student group dedicated to providing a fun social outlet for students interested in geography. It provides support for participation in undergraduate research, professional development through speaker series, K-12 educational outreach, workshops, internship info, volunteer opportunities, and fun camping trips. For more information about UT Geography Society, please visit the UT Geography Society Facebook page.

UT Geography Society Officers 2016-2017

President: Emma Hines
Vice Presidentc: Kira Holland
Service Coordinator: Emma Walker
Social Coordinator: Kristen Jurica
Treasurer: Hanna Howsmon

 

President: Emma Hines

Emma is a senior Geography and Environmental Science double major, with a particular interest in conservation biology, environmental health, and community development. This summer, she interned with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, specifically under the Climate and Health Program. Her independent project was a vulnerability assessment of Texas healthcare infrastructure to flooding, which involved performing overlay analysis using ArcGIS to identify at-risk healthcare facilities like hospitals and nursing homes. Emma is also a mentor for the Foundation Scholars Program this year. Some of Emma’s favorite memories from college are from her two summers studying abroad in Ecuador, where she hopes to return someday to conduct research. Emma’s hobbies include traveling and exploring the outdoors.

Vice President: Kira Holland

Kira is a senior pursuing a double degree in Geology and Geography with tracks in earth science and GIS.  Kira was previously a participant in the Ecuador study abroad Maymester studying sustainability initiatives in South America. This summer, Kira attended courses at the University Center in Svalbard on permafrost and environmental change in the High Arctic, conducting field research on sediment transport, glaciology, and physical limnology. Additionally, Kira was previously a GIS research assistant on a spatial epidemiology project in the Integrative Biology Department and is now working with remote sensing and species distribution modeling as part of the IE-Pre Grad Internship.  Kira is currently working on her Honors Thesis on paleolimnology and will be conducting laboratory work on a lake sediment core in order to understand environmental response to climate change. After graduation, Kira plans on attending graduate school.

Service Coordinator: Emma Walker

Emma is a junior pursuing a degree in Geography, with a focus in GIS and computer science. She has recently returned from studying abroad in Botswana, Africa, where she conducted field research and learned about the various cultural and environmental aspects of the country. Emma is currently an undergraduate research assistant in the geography department, where she completes various GIS related analyses and organizes data for ongoing projects. She is also the Vice President of Lions Club at UT, a large service organization that completes numerous projects in the Austin community. After graduation, she plans to work at an environmental consulting agency to gain experience before applying for graduate school.

Social Coordinator: Kristen Jurica

Kristen is a senior majoring in Geography with a focus on earth science and GIS. She will be participating in the IE Internship program this fall with hopes of completing and presenting research at a conference in the spring. She will also participate in the Texas General Land Office GIS internship in the spring. Kristen plans to attend graduate school in the next few years after gaining work experience. She has been an active Geography Society member for the past year and is excited to see what the club accomplishes this year.

Treasurer: Hanna Howsmon

Hanna is a senior Geography and Urban Studies double major with a minor in Latin American Studies. She focuses on environmental justice, sustainability, food security, walkable city design, and urban parks/trails. Hanna interns at Texas Conference of Urban Counties where she works with media relations and looks at how state-level issues affect urban counties uniquely. She is also involved in the Urban Studies Society and Chi Kappa Phi Service Society on campus. Outside of class, Hanna enjoys cooking, hiking, working at a bakery, and exploring different places around the city. She plans on attending graduate school sometime after graduation.