Project SP15k: AP Human Geography data analysis and mapping

Project SP15k: AP Human Geography data analysis and mapping
Researcher: Jodi Vender
Position type: data analysis/GIS/cartography
Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 4, 2014
Application URL:


Position description

Advanced Placement Human Geography (APHG) has been among the fastest-growing subjects offered by the College Board. I am seeking assistance in mapping and analyzing institutional data on students who applied to Penn State and reported APHG scores between 2001 and 2014. The research assistant will compile data on and use GIS to vizualize/map source locations (high schools offering APHG) and will help to analyze geography enrollment trends among students who matriculate. 

Desired Qualifications

Candidates must have completed Geography 363 and 361 with a grade of B or higher; completion of GEOG 364 preferred (students enrolled in these courses during Fall 2014 will be considered).  

Candidates must be willing to contribute 40–120 total hours of work toward the project over the semester, resulting in 1–3 credit hours applied to the transcript. There is no monetary stipend attached to this assistantship, although the experiences gained in this work will be immediately valuable when applying for graduate school or full-time employment.


To apply

Prospective candidates should submit application to by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 4, 2014.
A complete application must include:
1. All required fields of online form:
2. A one-page cover letter identifying the position for which you're applying and stating your interest in conducting research, your academic preparation, the skills you hope to gain from this experience, and contact information of two references.
    Upload a PDF document named as follows: FirstinitialLastname_letterMMYY.pdf (e.g. jvender_letter1114.pdf)
3. A resume
    Upload a PDF document named as follows: FirstinitialLastname_resumeMMYY.pdf (e.g. jvender_resume1114.pdf)