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Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education in Geography (EDGE) is a research and action project led by the American Association of  Geographers (AAG) to enhance the preparation of geographers for professional careers in education, business, government, and nonprofit sectors. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Research on Learning and Evaluation (ROLE)1 and Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE)2 programs, EDGE is:

  • researching issues affecting graduate education, professional development, and employment in geography;
  • publishing print and web materials for improving career preparation and advising;
  • engaging students, professionals, academic departments and employers through workshops and conference presentations; 
  • collaborating with geographers as well as higher education organizations and researchers on efforts to study, support, and enhance graduate education for STEM careers.

All of these activities are pursued in cooperation with geography graduate students, faculty, graduate program directors, department chairs, and other members of the AAG.  For more information about EDGE research, publications, workshops, and outreach activities, please explore the other sections of the EDGE website or contact the project director, Dr. Michael Solem (, 202-234-1450).

1. NSF REC-0439914 ($1,021,369)

2. NSF DRL-0910041 ($993,031)

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