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NSF-IGERT: Integrative Geographic Information Science Traineeship Project

Principal Investigator
David Mark, Director (National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA), University at Buffalo)

Member Departments at UB
AnthropologyGeographyGeologyPhilosophyCivil, Structural & Environmental EngineeringComputer Science & EngineeringIndustrial Engineering

National Science Foundation, Division of Graduate Education

Amy Frazier, Mary Ellen Miller

The University at Buffalo offers a doctoral degree concentration in Geographic Information Science – an emerging interdisciplinary field that incorporates innovative research in environmental science, social science, information science, and engineering.

The goal of the program is to prepare Ph.D. students with the interdisciplinary background and the technical, professional and personal skills needed for careers in Geographic Information Science.

Students in the GI Science concentration at the University at Buffalo take a core of courses in GI Science, while also completing requirements for doctorates in any of seven discipline-based departments listed above.

GI Science students obtain research training through individualized faculty mentoring, and participation in active research programs under three broad themes:

  • Geographic Information Science,
  • Geographic Social Science, or
  • Geographic Environmental Science.

Students also gain a wealth of practical experience through internships, international opportunities, and participation in workshops, conferences, and fieldwork.

By awarding degrees in traditional disciplines, while having an inherently multidisciplinary curriculum, the GI Science Concentration allows students to combine an innovative program of study suited to our rapidly changing world with the solid credentials of an established doctoral degree.

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