Fourteen geography majors participated in this year’s Celebration of Creative Inquiry at Gustavus. Here is a sample of some of their studies.
Teige is interested in how a sense of place is created on the Gustavus campus by current and past students. She draws on ideas from Geography Edward Relph’s 1976 classic book “Place and Placelessness” to frame her study.
Tim is using remotely sensed images to learn about land use changes due to Mississippi River flooding.
Jasmine is interested in how gardening can be incorporated into K12 curricula. Her research “hypothesis that by bringing the concept of urban farming to more schools in the U.S. and using these farms as a learning tool in the classrooms, the United States can improve its go green efforts while reducing the effects of poverty on student health and nutrition and increasing their sense of connection to the natural world.”
Matt’s senior thesis “focuses on the perceived and practical area of ministry for evangelical churches in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.”
Nate is studying geolinguistics of Northern Scandanavia. His “research project will seek to understand how political minority language preservation efforts
have changed the current status and future outlook of Sami and Meänkieli with regards to the impact on individuals and communities, especially the young and the elderly, in the cultural landscape of Northern Sweden.”
Elsa is interested in the benefits of urban garden for environment, individuals, and communities.