Bert E. Burns Geography Field Studies Award

The Bert E. Burns Geography Field Studies Endowment is established to honor Dr. Burns for his dedication to geography education and his service as a teacher, colleague, and chairperson in the Department of Geography. Dr. Burns began teaching in the Geography Department in 1950, served as chairperson from 1964-74 and retired in 1977. He was a firm believer in geography field studies, an interest that extended to him leading community and geography-oriented tours for several organizations. He was, in fact, well-known for his informative and entertaining tour narratives.

Who is eligible: The field study award will be granted to an undergraduate student majoring in Geography who will complete a field study project developed by the Geography Department faculty. *The award will be applied towards the recipient’s tuition in the following school year, or can be used for field study expenses. *

Have a faculty member submit a hard copy directly to the Geography Department as a support letter for you.

Bert E. Burns Family
Up to $2,000
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please upload a resume that includes school and community activities, travel experience, employment experience and academic or other honors you have received.
  2. Upload an unofficial transcript
  3. Please include a 500 word summary of the proposed field study project, including a timeline and estimated expenses. The summary must include an approval signature from a faculty member.