Below are my current MS in Geography thesis track students (2017-18 academic year):
- Christina Roush: National Parks and Urban/Retail Development. Christina comes to UNT after completing her undergraduate studies in geography at Southern Connecticut State University. Christina is interested in studying the intersection of geography and business. Her experience working at REI is informing her thesis research direction. Christina did field data collection for her thesis in summer 2016, and I'm looking forward to her defending her thesis in spring 2018.
- Joshua Bova: Asymmetric Competition Between Large Chains and Local Retailers in Denton, Texas. Joshua entered our UNT MS in Geography program in fall 2016 after an extraordinary undergraduate career at UNT. Joshua's accomplishments include a first-place finish in the 2015 SWAAG student paper competition, and winner of the 2016 outstanding undergraduate student award for UNT Geography. Since beginning our MS program, Joshua has won UNT Geography's Buxton Business Geography award (top performance in my retail geography course) and the AAG Business Geography Specialty Group's student paper competition. He is also distinguished by the fact that he took exactly zero classes with me in his undergraduate program, but is now studying business geography with me at the graduate level. This is rare, but I am happy to be working with him.
- Connor Reed: The Geography of Department Store Closures. Connor entered our UNT MS in Geography program (Business Geography track) in fall, 2017. He came to UNT from Indiana University where he studied geography and business. Connor's undergraduate studies included an excellent analysis of Macy's store closures that established some interesting possibilities for a potential MS thesis. I'm glad Connor chose UNT for his graduate studies. Welcome to UNT, Connor!
- Matt Sorenson: The Evolving Geography of Lifestyle Centers. Matt also entered our UNT MS in Geography program (Business Geography track) in fall, 2017. He came to UNT from the University of North Dakota where he majored in geography and economics. Matt demonstrated his considerable analytical skills at UND by completing a major undergraduate research project on housing affordability in Grand Forks. I'm looking forward to working with Matt to further develop his business and location interests here at UNT. Welcome to Denton, Matt!
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