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Abby Hunt

Two undergrads selected for first-ever Jesse H. Wheeler Student Ambassador Program

The Department of Geography is awarding up to $500 a semester each to two qualifying undergraduate students selected for the Jesse H. Wheeler Student Ambassador Program. The first two selected to the program are Abby Hunt and Carson Stone, for the Spring 2020 semester.

Soren Larsen, department chair, congratulated them both in mid-February stating they will make an excellent team. “It is wonderful to have them on board, helping to promote MU geography to the campus and beyond,” Larsen says. “We are lucky to find students such as Abby and Carson to call on for important roles like this.”

Stone is enthusiastic about the program. “My goal would be to get as many people involved in geography as I can,” he says. “I haven’t been in the department very long, but have been treated very well by everyone in it. I really found my home in this department and want to help others find their place, like that. Let other people know about geography – as many as possible. I’m just super happy to be here.”

Carson Stone

Hunt was contacted by Larsen to see if she might be interested in the program. Her answer was a resounding yes. “I adore my geography major and the opportunity to share everything I love about this department within the university. It is truly exciting,” she says.

The program, designed to assist the department in a variety of ways, will require up to three hours a week of work and is renewable for one semester.

Duties include:

  • Engaging in peer-to-peer recruiting and communication
  • Delivering brief five-minute presentations on geography to a variety of classes
  • Assisting in department event-planning and promotion
  • Representing the department at on-campus events and meetings
  • Providing other duties as assigned by the department chair, Soren Larsen

To qualify, undergrads should represent the spirit of exploration that geography embraces. They should demonstrate both a broad knowledge of geography and a level of participation in geography activities. Minimum eligibility requirements include completion of at least six hours of geography courses, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in those courses.

For more information, contact Soren Larsen at larsens@missouri.edu or 573-882-9613.