Initiatives

Initiatives


Geography2050 Annual Symposium
AGS prides itself on its ability to bridge the gap between the academic institutions, businesses, and the general public. The annual Geography 2050 Symposium brings together thinkers of these fields and beyond to help develop a geographical understanding of the vital trends that will reshape the geography of our nation and our planet by 2050. Held at Columbia University in New York City, this weekend symposium offers workshops, conferences, and talks on a variety of geographic topics.

AGS Geography Teacher Fellows
The AGS Teacher Fellows Program awards Advanced Placement (AP w/ trademark) Human Geography teachers the opportunity to interact with and become one of the nation’s thought leaders at the AGS Geography 2050 Fall Symposium. Teachers will also engage in a year-long partnership with AGS to make geospatial tools accessible in the classroom. This year-long partnership includes complimentary registration for the annual Geography 2050 Symposium, the opportunity to participate in a Mapathon on the first day of the Symposium,  networking opportunities with the U.S.’s top geographic and geospatial experts from academic, business and government backgrounds and a professional level affiliation with AGS for one year.

AGS Council Fellowship
Field work is an integral component of the field of geography. The councilors of AGS created the AGS Council Fellowship to support graduate student fieldwork in the pursuit of geographic knowledge. The fellowship is open to all graduate student affiliates of the American Geographical Society. Each fellowship is worth $1,500 and a total of four will be awarded in the Spring of 2018. Proposals in any sub-field of geography may be submitted and reviewed by the AGS Council Fellowship. The program encourages, but does not require, a fieldwork component.

GeoBadges
One of AGS’s main causes is the continued education of Geography around the country, especially to students. AGS GeoBadges offer the geography community a way to highlight both extra-curricular activities and project-based work by rewarding participants with digital badges. This new generation of micro-credentials offers a chance for students to be recognized for their accomplishments outside of formal geography schooling. These GeoBadges are an excellent way of acknowledging geographic expertise and interest.

GeoPlunge®
GeoPlunge®  makes it so that the geography of the United States is something that kids master through gaming with their friends. Along the way, they will learn valuable skills such as creativity, team work, sportsmanship, strategic thinking, critical thinking, and communications skills.  They learn geography without even knowing they are learning.  In partnering with LearningPlunge, Inc, a Washington DC based 501c3 educational non-profit, the AGS is working to bring GeoPlunge to every household and every classroom in every town in America, and to launch local and regional GeoPlunge tournaments like the highly successful Washington DC local tournament that has been held for more than a decade.

AGS Junior Service Fellows (JSF)
The AGS Junior Service Fellows Program rewards Advanced Placement Human Geography (APHG) students who have received a score of 3, 4, or 5 with a global platform that will encourage them to leverage the power of their geographical scholarship to make the world a better place through public service. AGS JSF promotes geographic knowledge from a young age and seeks to expand geospatial tools into the classroom. With over 1 million APHG graduates, and 25% year-over-year growth, the AGS JSF program is poised to build an enormous national cohort of young Americans who will become global citizens while serving their nation by harnessing the power of geography.

AGS Scholar Intern Program
The American Geographical Society (AGS) offers a Scholar-Internship Program throughout the year at its headquarters in Brooklyn Heights, New York for those interested in spreading geographical awareness through blogging, social media, and mapping. Undergraduate and graduate students who have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.2 are eligible to apply. During the Spring and Fall semesters, the internship program runs for 15 weeks with 15 hours per week spent at AGS HQ. The Summer internship runs for 15 weeks with 35 hours per week spent at AGS HQ.