April 26, 2012
The AAG, through the Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education (EDGE) project funded by NSF, announces a grant program to support outreach, professional training, and related activities aimed at improving awareness of and preparation for business, government, and nonprofit careers in geography.
Twenty-four awards of $500 are available and will be granted on a competitive basis to support activities that address one or more of the following priority areas of the AAG’s EDGE project:
- Broaden the participation of underrepresented students in undergraduate and graduate geography programs in the United States for careers and professional development;
- Improve the preparation of students to work in international contexts and/or on issues that cross national boundaries or are global in scope;
- Promote awareness of relationships between learning outcomes in geography programs and the needs of business, government, and nonprofit employers;
- Enhance career development resources that prepare students for and connect them to business, government, and nonprofit employers.
- A copy of the new AAG book, Practicing Geography: Careers for Enhancing Society and the Environment;
- 20 copies of the AAG Careers in Geography brochure;
- 20 copies of the second edition of Why Geography Is Important, a brochure developed in partnership with Texas State University’s Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education illustrating how geographers are contributing to the study of important social and environmental issues;
- 20 copies of tip sheets on various professional development topics including working internationally, internships, career planning, and networking;
- Offprints of research manuscripts stemming from the EDGE project;
- A CD-ROM containing Powerpoint slides with information about professional geographers and geography careers
- Various other careers-related giveaways, project brochures, flyers, and posters.
- Organizing a professional development workshop at an AAG regional or annual meeting;
- Planning an outreach event in collaboration with a careers center on a school or university campus with significant numbers of underrepresented students;
- Preparing a proposal for an undergraduate or graduate course, seminar, instructional module or webinar on professional development in geography;
- Sponsoring a visit by a professional geographer to a local high school or community college;
- Implementing EDGE materials into an existing professional development course, workshop, or program for geography students;
- Raising awareness among employers of how geographers are contributing to businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations;
- Developing outreach and educational materials for local implementation which could also be shared more broadly through the AAG's Jobs and Careers website (www.aag.org/careers) or other distribution channels (e.g., videos, webinars, slideshows, posters, or brochures).