Geography & Environmental Studies


2020 LAS Awards

Outstanding Undergraduate Student (Fall 2019)
Angelina Oliva graduated Magna Cum Laude in December 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies (GES) and a minor in Sustainability. Angelina brought a wealth of experience, strong intellectual ability, and passion for learning. In the Fall of 2018, Angelina was accepted in the Army’s Degree Completion Program, allowing her to study at UCCS full-time through the completion of her studies. During her course of study in GES, she excelled as a student, as evidenced by the many special projects she produced, and activities in which she engaged. Angelina presented research during the Colorado Springs Undergraduate Research Forum (CSURF) focused on snow water equivalent measures in the San Juan Mountains, connected with migration scholars across the globe, and delivered well-informed letters and personal statements to Colorado Springs leaders concerning the city’s energy vision and the need for green energy solutions. She participated in the Pikes Peak Foodshed Forum, integrating in the local food movement and provided a program assessment to the forum’s leadership. Faculty appreciated the tremendous enthusiasm and curiosity that Angie brought to her work, and experienced that amazing synergy that happens when a teacher learns as much or more from the student as the student does from the teacher. a characteristic that distinguishes her from other students.
Outstanding Undergraduate Student (Spring 2020)
When Dawn Reimer entered UCCS, she planned on pursuing a degree in film studies. After taking Maps and Compass, she quickly shifted her major to GES. In Fall of 2019, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Geography and Environmental Studies and a minor in Geology. Throughout her undergraduate career, Dawn was a curious, devoted, independent, and extremely capable student, allowing her to earn a cumulative GPA of 3.92 and the admiration of her instructors. Dawn completed both field studies for geology and geography. The geology field course took her across Colorado while the geography field course took her to Ireland. Dawn participated in the GES and Geology Clubs on campus at UCCS and attended the APCG conference in Flagstaff in fall of 2019. She is currently under consideration for a field internship at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and plans to apply to programs for her Master’s in Geography in forestry, environmental science, or physical geography in 2021. She hopes to pursue a career in physical geography teaching or working at a museum. Dawn would like to thank her friends, family, and faculty for their support and guidance.
Outstanding Graduate Student (2019/20 AY)
Zach began his graduate school work at UCCS in the Fall of 2018 as a part of the US Army's Advance Civil Schooling (ACS) program. He began a focus in GIScience with an interest in human caused wildfire research. Zach developed both these interest into a thesis exploring anthropogenic wildfire occurrences within the state of Colorado using spatial data mining. Through rigorous exploration of the data and the extracted information he explored a method of mapping the spatial data mining results back onto his study area in a manner that emphasized temporal consistency of spatial rules over the state. Zach will graduate with his MA degree in Geography and GIS Certificate. He plans on a pursuing a doctoral degree after retiring from the US Army.

Scholarships / Fellowships

(AY 2019-2020)

The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage outstanding undergraduate and graduate women students with declared majors in Geography and Environmental Studies (GES) or in a program emphasizing women's studies or lesbian studies to make the best use of their academic experiences.

Kelsey Calhoun
Kimberley Clough
Isabella Leighton
Avi Petrucci
Theresa Randall
Melanie Sierra
Katharina Zito

Dane Vogel Scholarship (AY 2019-2020)
UCCS and the Vogel family are proud and honored to award the annual Dane M. Vogel Memorial Scholarship to a worthy recipient. The scholarship is available to declared Geography and Environmental Studies (GES) majors at the sophomore or higher level. This is a merit-based award; students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.3 for all courses taken at UCCS. From Dane's family, "Our hope is that Dane’s story inspires you not to dwell on the obstacles that life will deal you, but to go out and live your dreams and be the best you can be!"