Below are my current MS in Geography students (2016-17 academic year):
- Brian King: Wal-Mart Network and Real Estate Reconfiguration in the D-FW Metroplex. Brian earned his BA in history at UNT a few years ago, but discovered his true passion in geography and business more recently. Apparently my urban geography class had some kind of impact during Brian's undergraduate studies. Brian is one of the first students in UNT's new Professional MS Program, and he plans to complete his degree requirements in fall 2017.
- 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 fall 2017.
- 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: Research focus to be defined. Connor is entering 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: Research focus to be defined. Matt is also entering 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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