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Established in 1946, the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences plays a prominent role in the development of quantitative methods of geography. Since the early influence of Professors Clyde Kohn, Harold McCarty, and Kurt Schaeffer, current faculty and student research in GIScience, health geography, and environmental geography continues to provide new methods and theories that are vital to our understanding of society and its effects on, and interactions with, the environment.

Your support for the Department provides important opportunities for the current generation of students, playing a critical role in providing coursework and research experiences that would otherwise not be possible. Your generosity is truly appreciated and essential to our students' continuing success.

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Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences Development Fund


Gifts directly to the Department enables us to bring distinguished lecturers to benefit both faculty and students, equip laboratories where faculty and students interact, and support the many day-to-day activities essential to academic and research success.

Rex Honey Speaker Series Fund


This fund was established in memory of Rex Honey, professor in the department from 1974 to 2010, to establish an annual speaker series. Speakers will be invited to present to the department and to the broader university community on topics central to Rex Honey's research interests in Geography. The series will build upon Professor Honey's professional contributions in political geography and human rights, and more broadly to the academic and public understanding of cultural conceptualizations of human rights, as well as the geography of governance and public administration.

Harold H. McCarty Memorial Fund


The Harold H. McCarty Memorial Fund supports the academic and research endeavors of our very best undergraduate and graduate students. This Fund is in memory of Harold McCarty, the first Chair of the Department 1946-1968. Your support to this fund provides student awards for exceptional project and classroom work, as well as the opportunity to attend research conferences and conduct research through support for travel and costs related to field research.

Gerard Rushton Academic Excellence Fund


The Gerard Rushton Academic Excellence Fund was established through very generous donations from three University of Iowa Alumni in honor of Gerry's innumerable contributions to the department. The objective of this fund is to support visiting scholars for lectures, graduate students who qualify to attend specialized workshops in spatial analysis, and scholarly interactions among faculty and students in methods and applications of spatial analysis in the geographical sciences. The goal of the department and those who started this fund is for it to reach the endowment level, which helps ensure its long term sustainability. To reach this goal we will need the cumulative effort of our alumni.

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