Below are my current MS in Geography students (2016-17 academic year):
- Vicki Oppenheim: Community Market Developmental Impacts in Denton and the Southwest. Vicki began her master's program at UNT in fall 2014 as a part-time student. Vicki brings extensive consulting and publication experience related to planning. She is the Executive Director of Denton's Community Market, and is leveraging that role to better understand community markets in her master's research. In summer/fall 2015, she worked with me on Kauffman Foundation-funded research in addition to fulfilling her leadership role at the market, and in summer 2016 Vicki continued with her market-focused research. Vicki plans to complete and defend her thesis in 2016-17.
- 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.
- 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 advising her on wrapping up her thesis in 2016-17.
- 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.
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