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Our 2017 NSF REU Site in Belize and Orlando is Now Accepting Applications!

We are pleased to announce that our 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) #REU Site in Community GIS and Citizen Science in #Orlando and #Belize is now accepting applications from U.S. undergraduate students. The priority application deadline is Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 5 pm EST.  The fully funded research program will run from June 19-August 4, …

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Briefing with The Geospatial STEM Academy

The Geospatial STEM Academy receives national attention! Dr. Hawthorne and Geospatial STEM Academy Students were invited, as the only high school STEM program in the country, to brief Director Cardillo and Deputy Director Gordon at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency on November 16, 2015. Check out the NGA media release here:  

Mapping Marine Debris with Youth and their Local Knowledge on Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker, Belize 11/12/2015 Today I had the privilege of returning to work with Form 3 and Form 2 students at the Ocean Academy on Caye Caulker, Belize.  As usual I was energized by the youth, particularly their ideas and their active engagement in the lessons we completed together.  Unlike previous trips with groups of …

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Urban Geospatial STEM Academy

The Geospatial STEM Academy: Preparing High School Students for Geospatial Technology Careers is a summer STEM education training program that engages one hundred 9th through 12th grade students from the Atlanta and Orlando regions in community-based geospatial technology educational experiences.  Summer 1 in 2015 occurred in Atlanta, GA at Georgia State University.  With additional funding …

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Belize 2016 GIS Study Abroad @ UCF

2016 Community Geographic Information Systems Study Abroad in Belize (Summer Session A @ UCF) I am the program director for the “Geographic Information Systems in Belize: A Focus on Communities, Fieldwork and Service” course. The 2016 Belize course runs for summer session A  We’ll spend one week on campus pre-trip at UCF, then 12 days …

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I am an Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the Department of Sociology and a member of the GIS Research Cluster Initiative at the University of Central Florida.  I am a broadly trained human geographer with deep interests in community geography, qualitative GIS, and critical GIS.  Community geography is a subfield within geography …

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