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September 28, 2020

Welcome back! And faculty contacts

We in the Department of Geography want to welcome all of our students back to the UofO, despite not being able to see you all in person. We have worked hard over the summer to best prepare our community for school during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, despite the distance necessary for learning, we want to stay in contact with you. Please see this page (also linked on our home page) for faculty contact information.

For any questions relating to courses and our programs, please email the Undergraduate Advisor, Leslie McLees at She is happy to help you all navigate our program and connect you to resources around campus.

We in geography help you and your families are healthy and safe in the midst of so much uncertainty We will do everything we can to provide you with communications and information to help you in this unprecedented time.

May 4, 2020

Commencement 2020

Due to COVID-19, this year’s ceremonies will be held virtually.
This page will be updated as information becomes available.

We are truly sorry to miss the opportunity of celebrating with you and your families. Commencement is undoubtedly one of the best days of the year. Unfortunately, we are unable to have gatherings to celebrate, but we hope that you will participate in the alternative ceremonies and celebrations that the University has worked hard to provide. For those graduating, please keep an eye on your emails from the university.

The main campus ceremony will be released at 9am on June 20th. 

Departmental ceremonies will be released at 10:30 on June 20th
(we will link here when it’s available)

All students who graduated in Fall 2019 and Winter 2020, and who have applied to graduate in Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 have been sent an email with information about how to participate.

We encourage all students to participate in the grad roll, which is a calling out of names with your picture and a brief video that you can submit via the system. Look for emails about UO commencement to complete this. You must opt-out if you do not want to participate.

If you plan to graduate in Summer 2020 and have not yet applied to graduate, you MUST contact Leslie McLees ASAP (, put “Summer 2020 graduate” in the subject line) so that you can participate in the grad roll and be in the departmental program (which we will mail to your families). 

February 12, 2020

Geography Club Mapathon!

Mapathon is back! Geography Club will be hosting their Winter mapathon on Wednesday, Feb 19th at 5:30pm in Knight 144. This sessions project will include mapping infrastructure for food security in the Philippines. You need zero mapping experience to join in this fun, easy, and quite relaxing event. Plus, you’ll get to have some pizza.

This event is open to anyone interested in checking it out.

Mapathons are a project developed by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) that crowdsources data for projects that they fun in different parts fo the world through the Open Street Map platform. You’ll develop some fun skills during this mapathon!

December 2, 2019

Career Fair Week

February 17th – 21st, 2020

Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
1395 University Street, Eugene, OR 97403

Whether you’re looking for a start to your career, want summer work experience, or want to up your professional development, this week is filled with opportunities! Career Fair Week has resume checks by advisers and employers, networking practice, jobs, and a ton of opportunities to connect with employers. Bring your resume and join us for any or all of these events.



Career Fair Week – All events open to all students
Drop-in Career Coaching               Feb. 17 – 19: 12pm – 3pm
Caffeinated Chats                          Feb. 18: 10am – 1pm
Winter Networking Night                Feb. 19: 6pm – 8pm
Internship and Career Fair          Feb. 20: 12pm – 4pm
Architecture Fair                            Feb. 20: 11am – 3pm
Environmental Connect                 Feb. 20: 4pm – 6pm
Fall Fair Interviews                         Feb. 21: 9am  -5pm

October 22, 2019

GIS Day 2019

Celebrate GIS Day at the University of Oregon

University of Oregon DREAM Lab (Knight 122) – MAP

The University of Oregon will celebrate GIS Day on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by hosting an open house from 1-5PM. All are invited to learn how geographic information system (GIS) technology supports your everyday life.

GIS professionals representing private and government sectors will be in attendance for networking and information sharing. A keynote talk by Rafa Gutierrez from Mapbox will begin at 2PM. Come before or stay after to discover drone technology, print and interactive maps, and GIS survey equipment. Dig your hands into the augmented reality sandbox or try to navigate using tactile maps.

Representatives from the following institutions will be on hand to answer questions and talk about how they utilize GIS: City of Springfield, City of Eugene, Emerald People’s Utilities District (EPUD), Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWB), MapBox, Quantum Spatial, ENVIEW, Lane Council of Governments (LCOG), Lane County, and The Urban Collaborative.

We join hundreds of organizations worldwide in hosting gatherings that will serve to ignite the imagination of future innovators who will advance global progress using GIS.

Contact Joanna Merson for more information.

October 17, 2019

14 Annual Critical Geographies Mini Conference

We are very pleased to announce that the University of Oregon is hosting the 14th Annual Critical Geographies Mini-Conference (formerly known as the Cascadia Critical Geographies Mini-Conference) with the support of the Department of Geography and the College of Arts and Sciences. Consistent with the long-standing goals of this conference, we seek to create a fun, engaging, and friendly atmosphere that embraces an unsettling of the “traditional” conference structure.

To read more about the conference, click here.












October 16, 2019

Tea Talk Oct 17th: Salvatore Engel-DiMauro

Please join the Department of Geography in welcoming Salvatore Engel-DiMauro from the Department of Geography at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He will deliver a talk entitled Socialist States and Environments: Fictions, Contexts, and Contradictions. 

His talk will be in Condon 106 at 4pm.

Please join the department for snacks and announcements at 3:30pm in Condon 108.

October 8, 2019

Tea talk Oct 10th: Nathan McClintock

Please join the Department of Geography in welcoming Dr. Nathan McClintock from Portland State University to our weekly Tea speakers series. He will give a talk entitled:

Production in/of “The Greenest City:” Urban agriculture and its governance in Portland and Vancouver.  

The talk will be at 4pm in Condon 106. You are welcome to join Geography for snacks and announcements at 3:30 in Condon 108.

Nathan McClintock is an Associate Professor of Urban Studies &Planning at Portland State University, and an editor of the journal Urban Geography. Engaging in the field of urban political ecology, critical urbanism, and food systems planning, his research explores cities and the environment. His primary focus is on urban agriculture policy and practice, and how they articulate with political economy, race, class, and gender. Ongoing comparative projects underway in Portland, Vancouver, and Montreal explore how UA is entangled in processes of gentrification and the spatial politics of the Sustainable City. He has also researched the socio-ecological dynamics of urban soil contamination and its implications for environmental justice. Professor McClintock specializes in urban political ecology, environmental justice, urban agriculture, food systems planning, and participatory action research.

July 22, 2019

UO Geography hosts 2019 Critical Geographies mini-conference

Friday and Saturday, October 18-19, 2019

We are very pleased to announce that the University of Oregon is hosting the 14th Annual Critical Geographies Mini-Conference (formerly known as the Cascadia Critical Geographies Mini-Conference) with the support of the Department of Geography and the College of Arts and Sciences. Consistent with the long-standing goals of this conference, we seek to create a fun, engaging, and friendly atmosphere that embraces an unsettling of the “traditional” conference structure.

Part of the Conference will be held in the Many Nations Longhouse on the University of Oregon campus, in recognition of the original stewards of the land where the University of Oregon campus is located now.






There is no fee to attend or participate in the conference, and we will cover expenses for participating graduate students from the region (as much as funds allow).

The themes for this year’s conference are

  • Critical Race/Subaltern Geographies,
  • Digital Geographies,
  • Critical Physical Geographies, and
  • The intersections between these themes

Read more about the conference here.

July 2, 2019

Congratulations class of 2019!

Another warm day and another lovely Department of Geography Commencement ceremony! Or as Professor Dan Gavin said, there was a real net positive solar balance.  Thanks to all of those who came to cheer on our current class. And a big congratulations to everyone who graduated! Here are a few photos from the ceremony and festivities!

This is the first time we’ve ever done this photo. It will become our tradition!

Thanks to Lisa, Nyease, Haley, and Fiona in the office for all the work on ordering balloon.

Undergraduate coordinator and advisor, Leslie McLees, at the check-in table.

Nyease from the office arranging some of our beautiful flowers!


The faculty present at commencement, mostly in their regalia!

Undergraduate speaker Liana Hu delivered a great personal story about why geography is important to how she’s understood events and conditions around the world.


Newly minted Dr. Arron Zettler-Mann delivered a speech on why geography is important in understanding the human-environmental condition.

Crowning the last year before he reduces his teaching as he works towards retires, Alec Murphy articulates the importance of geography as a perspective in understanding the world around us, both as a way to understand and to shape it.

Undergraduates, on the cusp of receiving their degree!

More undergrads waiting patiently!


Congratulations again to our students, and a huge thank you to all their supporters! We were thrilled to share this wonderful day with you!

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