Summer Student Assistantships with The Georgia Geographic Alliance

Summer Funding Opportunity for College Students and The Georgia Geographic Alliance

Applications due: January 28, 2015

We are pleased to offer multiple student assistantships for this summer semester to assist with the new $75,000 Verizon Foundation grant to support The Urban Atlanta Geospatial STEM Academy.  The Academy is a component of our work with The Georgia Geographic Alliance and the National Geographic Society Education Foundation.  See below for more information about the opportunity and how we will work directly with 100 Atlanta 9th through 11th graders in learning GIS and community geography while completing research with community organizations around Atlanta.  These paid summer assistantships are open to both graduate and undergraduate students.  Pay and work commitments will be determined by experience, student availability, and funding levels.


Student Assistant Description and Qualifications: Student assistants will provide mentoring to high school youth; assist with the instruction of labs, fieldwork, and geospatial technology learning activities; and assist with program logistics.  Students with previous course/internship experience in GIS, mapping, and/or education will be considered for the position.  A strong commitment to learning and community-based research is required of the student assistant.  Previous experience working with and/or mentoring high school youth is preferred, but not required.  As part of the employment with the Academy, a criminal background check will be required since we are working directly with youth, and a clean driving record will be required.

Application Procedure: To apply, please submit a letter of application explaining your experience and interest in working with the Academy, a resume/CV, and contact information for two professional references to Dr. Timothy Hawthorne at no later than 5 pm EST on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.  Any questions can be directed to Dr. Hawthorne via email or during his office hours on Mondays 10:30-11:30 or Wednesdays 1:30-2:30 in Sparks 350B.

The Urban Atlanta Geospatial STEM Academy: Preparing High School Students for Geospatial Technology Careers at Georgia State University (GSU) is a summer STEM education training program that engages one hundred 9th through 11th grade students from the Atlanta region in community-based geospatial technology educational experiences. The Academy offers four separate weeklong summer workshops (25 students per session) where students will apply geospatial technologies to examinations of prominent urban issues, including mapping urban food accessibility; urban green space restoration and non-native invasive species; and multimodal transportation safety analysis.  Academy students will engage in active learning connecting interactive lecture discussions, hands-on geospatial technology labs, collaborative research planning discussions, personal and direct mentoring with a diverse group of GSU undergraduate and graduate students, and community-based fieldwork in Atlanta neighborhoods. Core concepts will include: cartography and map design, data management, and spatial analysis.


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