November 29, 2012

Funding for Graduate work in FloatingSheep Studies

Do you enjoy the maps and research posted at the FloatingSheep blog? Interested in discovering how the Internet, geoweb and social media are changing the way we use and understand places? Would you like the opportunity to use the DOLLY project to explore geo-social media?

 If so, the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky is currently accepting applications for graduate study at the Masters and Ph.D. level in the exciting arenas of online mapping, big data and critical social analysis. We're particularly interested in folks who blend experience in the technical/coding side of things with a desire to think carefully through the big socio-spatial theoretical questions that arise in concert with these technologies. To get a better sense of what this program of study might entail, take a closer look at some of the recent academic publications that have emerged from FloatingSheep such as work on augmented reality, user-generated geographies of religion and disaster relief as well as the virtual economy and economic flows.  You can also check a full list of my publications

In addition, be sure to examine the work of other University of Kentucky Geography professors, namely Jeremy Crampton and Matthew Wilson, who doing really exciting work in the related areas of critical cartography, online mapping and participatory GIS.

More information on the program and application process is available here. Students admitted to the graduate program receive full tuition waivers and stipends in exchange for working as teaching assistants. Fellowships and other funding are also possible. Applicants should submit their materials by January 15 to ensure a complete review.

 If you are interested (or want more information) please email me (zook@uky.edu) directly.

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