Hunter Geography Students Win Graduate Fellowships

The Society of Woman Geographers has awarded graduate fellowships to Hunter students Erin Araujo and Rhoda Quan. The geography masters students each received a $5,000 fellowship award on November 16 at the Geography Department’s Annual Geography Awareness Week dinner. Alice Hudson, president of the New York Group of SWG, which support thesis research by women geographers, presented the awards.

Over the course of the next year, Araujo and Quan will be conducting novel studies. Araujo will investigate the political ecology of water privatization and decentralization in the central highlands of Mexico, and Quan will demonstrate how geospatial techniques can be used to understand spatial access to healthcare.

The Fellows will carry on the legacy set by the SWG’s members—who include primatologist Jane Goodall and former NASA astronaut Kathryn Sullivan—by making advances in their fields, and, as is customary in the Society, meeting to share their discoveries and adventures.

Araujo and Quan will present their research to SWG members in February 2008.