Guidelines for Geography majors seeking Geography and Sustainable Planning department sponsorship for participation in professional conferences!

It will be limited to $150 for a regional/$450 for a national/ and $750 for an international conference per student per trip per academic year.

Priority will be given to geography majors who have not received the department funding before.

We also encourage you to seek funding from the OURS and other sources of scholarships and grants.

If you are planning to attend and present at a regional, national or international conference related to your professional development as a geography major, our department might be able to provide partial support for your trip.

Please, note that the department financial support is discretional, not guaranteed, and is subject to funding availability. 

It is always a good idea to apply for funding as early as you can.

To apply for Geography and Sustainable Funding discretional conference funding, please, complete the following form and append all required documents. Send your application, including all required attachments to

Geography & Sustainable Planning students can find the link to the application here: Sponsorship for GPY Majors

Experience Matters!

A collection of internship and co-op experiences completed by Grand Valley students.

Grand Valley students are doing amazing things through professional experiences outside the classroom. This site gives viewers an inside look at these experiences.

Click here to find out more!

GVSU Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship

Click here for more information on scholarships available from the GVSU Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship.

GVSU Office of Sustainability Practices

Click here for more information on Scholarships & Funding through the GVSU Office of Sustainability Practices.

GVSU Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships

American Public Transportation Association 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo


The 2017 Annual Meeting & EXPO is scheduled for October 8-11, 2017, at the Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Boulevard NW, Atlanta, GA 30313.

About APTA's Annual Meeting

APTA's Annual Meeting is the flagship event for public transportation professionals to engage in workshops, join tours, and network with colleagues. Keynote speakers and educational sessions explore hot topics, including transformative technology, community building, innovative funding and finance, safety, workforce development, worldwide mega projects, and more.

About EXPO 2017

Taking place triennially, EXPO is the public transit industry’s premier trade show, where more than 12,000 professionals from around the world come to connect, share, and discover the most innovative public transportation solutions. EXPO features the world’s largest collection of public transit manufacturers, suppliers, and consultants all under one roof. Additionally, EXPO’s Learning Zones feature an expansive array of educational opportunities on the trade show floor.

To learn more visit

AAG East Lakes Regional Conference


American Association of Geographers
East Lakes Regional Conference

Hosted by Eastern Michigan University

October 12th - 14th, 2017

Thursday (10/12) 6:00-8:30pm --- Welcome Reception & Registration, Freighthouse in Depot Town, 100 Market Place (East Cross Street), Ypsilanti

Friday (10/13) 8:00am.-5:15pm. --- Conference, EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood Street, Ypsilanti

Friday (10/13) 6:00-8:00pm. --- Informal Post Conference Gathering, ABC Corner Brewery, 720 Norris Street, Ypsilanti

Saturday (10/15) 8:30am.- 3:30pm. --- Field Trips to Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, Yankee Air Museum
Departs from EMU Student Center

Information on the meeting including call for abstracts, registration, field trips, and the various student presentation awards can be found at:

Students planning to enter for the AAG Graduate Student Travel Award must both give a presentation and submit a paper in advance of the meeting-instructions and rules can be found on the meeting webpage.

Also a reminder that ELDAAG provide student travel awards, Departments interested in applying for these funds should contact Jimmy Wilson (h-wilson.1@onu.edin advance of the meeting.

American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2018


Join Us in New Orleans

Join fellow geographers, GIS specialists, environmental scientists, and other leaders for the latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience. The meeting will be held April 10-14, 2018 and will feature more than 7,000 presentations, posters, workshops, and field trips by leading scholars, experts, and researchers. The 2018 Annual Meeting will be headquartered at the Marriott French Quarter New Orleans.

Visit for more information.

Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) Summer Programs

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) is currently encouraging students to consider and apply for one of five summer programs.


The Beckman Scholars Program provides an in-depth, sustained undergraduate research experience for exceptionally talented, full-time undergraduate students at US colleges and universities. The BSP provides funding and support for a student and mentor to conduct sustained research over two consecutive summers and one academic year of research. The BSP provides significant funding for student research and dissemination. This is a full-time summer opportunity with a 15-month commitment.

The GVSU Library Scholars Program provides students with the opportunity to have an immersive research experience using the library’s resources and collections.  Mentored by a library faculty mentor, the scholar will develop and enhance information literacy skills and an understanding of library studies as a means to engage in a disciplinary, scholarly conversation. This is a half-time summer program. The grant includes student stipend.


The Modified Student Summer Scholars Program (MS3) is geared toward lower division students and first year transfer students. It provides funds for a student and faculty mentor to devote either about 200 hours over twelve weeks, or 200 hours during the Spring or Summer six-week session to a research and/or creative project. Generally, MS3 grants provide a student stipend, faculty stipend, and a small budget for supplies. This is a half-time summer program. The grant includes student stipend and student travels funds. Information sessions available.

The Reach Scholars Program prepares inquisitive, highly talented undergraduates to pursue graduate studies and earn PhDs in any discipline. This program provides layers of support through intensive advising, rigorous research, and scholarly engagement in order to prepare students for both the graduate school application process and academic success. REACH Scholars are students whose parents have no four-year college degree (first generation) and come from a lower income background. This is a full-time summer program. The grant includes student stipend and student travels funds.


The Student Summer Scholars Program (S3) provides funds for a student and faculty mentor to devote about twelve weeks/400 hours to a research and/or creative project during the spring/summer semester. Generally, S3 grants provide a student stipend, faculty stipend, and a small budget for supplies. The grant includes student stipend and student travels funds. Information sessions available.

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