Recent Student Activity


Nathaniel Alexander Douglass, a student in HSU Geography, won the Best Cartographic Design at the North American Cartographic Information Society’s 2017 Student Map and Poster Competition in Montreal, Canada. He received a $500 award and interest from organizations such as National Geographic, Esri Maps and Data, and several grad schools. He poured his heart and soul into the map he presented, depicting a snow-covered Sierra Nevada mountain range.


May 9, 2017 - CGS Conference awards, 2017

After a long but fun road trip down to San Diego, Humboldt came home with several top awards from the 71st Annual California Geographical Society meeting in San Diego. The 16 current students, along with alumni, who attended represented HSU Geography with strong enthusiasm and professionalism.

We had three first-place student awardees. Nathaniel Douglass won first place for the McKnight Professional Paper Award. Russ Walls won first place for the Geosystems Professional Paper Award. And Torrie Brickley won first place for the Student Cartography Competition. Douglass also won the David Lantis Scholarship, and several of our students landed Student Travel Awards. Well done!


FEB 5, 2017 - Nathaniel Douglass wins URISA Award

Geography major Nathaniel Douglass was recently awarded a $1,500 scholarship from the Northern California chapter of URISA (Urban and Regional Information System Association) to continue his study of Geography and passion for GIS/Cartography.


nov 6, 2016 - Patrick Wood wins the NACIS student map competition

Congratulations to HSU Geography major Patrick Wood, 2016 Winner of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) Student Map Competition! The competition included 19 entries (12 graduate students, 7 undergraduates), traveling from 9 university programs including the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Penn State University, University of Oregon, University College London, and the University of Toronto. The prestigious award includes a cash prize of $500, and was presented at the annual NACIS conference this year in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Over 320 private sector, academic, and public sector cartographers gathered this year for 5 days of presentations, workshops, and networking.


OCT 9, 2016 - Monica Moreno-Espinoza and Professor Stephen Cunha
presented papers at the 79th Meeting of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers

Geography senior Monica Moreno-Espinoza and Professor Stephen Cunha presented papers at the 79th Meeting of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers (APCG) meeting at Portland State University. For Mediterranean Refugee Crisis: Italian Student Attitudes Towards Political Migrants, Moreno-Espinoza surveyed 844 students from eight universities across Italy. The findings reveal positive sentiment towards political refugees, strong opinions towards other EU countries’ responsibility for assisting Italy in aiding refugees, and mixed attitudes on governmental intervention of refugee flow.

As presiding APCG President, Cunha’s Presidential Address documented 25 years of land protection efforts