Geography Student Wins Student Research Proposal Award

Graduate student Joe Dehnert recently won the 2020 Student Research Proposal award from the Water Resources Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers. Joe is a master’s student studying community and environmental planning in the Geography Program at the University of Montana.

Joe DehnertEach year, the Water Resources Specialty Group holds annual awards for undergraduate- and graduate-level papers, research presentations and research proposals in conjunction with their annual conference. One award is given in each category and is typically accompanied by a small stipend to cover research costs or travel expenses. Joe has been involved with the American Association of Geographers since his first semester in graduate school.

His research proposal was directly linked to his graduate research which tests the efficacy of hand-held cameras to acquire valuable stream data for small streams in the western United States.

“I settled on my thesis research after conducting stream surveys with a local nonprofit during my first semester in graduate school,” Joe said. “I worked with several other students from UM to collect data along sections of streams where riparian restoration efforts had been or were being implemented. That experience led me to question the way we gather stream data for small streams where traditional remote sensing options are impossible or prohibitively expensive.”

As a student, Joe says his favorite thing about Geography Department is the faculty and staff. “They are passionate about education and are always available if I have questions about class material or the next steps in my academic or professional career,” he said.

 Congratulations, Joe!