The judges, representing a wide range of viewpoints within the cultural geography discipline, were impressed with the sophistication of Gorman's paper and were unanimous in their decision, which will be announced publicly on April 18 during the annual Association of American Geographers meeting. More than 50 papers were submitted for consideration.
The 7,000-member Association of American Geographers is the parent organization of the CGSG, the third largest group in the association with more than 800 members. Wittenberg Assistant Professor of Geography Artimus Keiffer currently chairs the CGSG and aided Gorman in the writing process.
"Erin's paper came from the research paper she did for me in the architectural geography honors class," Keiffer said. "I suggested she submit it and worked with her on some edits.
"Don Mitchell, who will present the awards with me, is the chair of the geography department at Syracuse University, and he is a well-known scholar."
Soren Larsen, awards director for the CGSG, wrote that "the judges were particularly impressed by the level of sophistication, clear organization, and thorough understanding of concepts in cultural geography."
Keiffer thinks Gorman, a double major in history and anthropology, will continue to shine in the classroom in the coming years.
"Usually, this level of paper might be won by a senior thesis," Keiffer said. "It is quite a joy to see this caliber of research to come from an honors class at a small midwest, private institution."
Written By: Ross Mahaffey '07
Photo By: Robbie Gantt
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