Category Archives: Student Research

Research reveals varied perspectives on sustainability practices on campus, in city.

Seniors Hannah Elliot, Jason Cyr, Charlie Stoll and Tommy Todd spent the fall of 2014 surveying students, local residents, and business owners about their everyday practices regarding recycling and resource conservation. Their results were shared at the 2015 Academic Excellence … Continue reading

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Senior students assess the Ashuelot Rail Trail and explore the potential for bike commuting in the Monadnock Region

With guidance from Southwest Region Planning Commission, senior students assessed the Ashuelot Rail Trail, which leads from the Keene State College campus all the way to the Connecticut River in Hinsdale, NH.  Using GPS and GIS, students mapped trail conditions … Continue reading

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Students Study Bike Tourism and Trail Conditions from Keene to Walpole

In the fall of 2014, four senior geography students embarked on a semester-long effort to assess the condition of the Cheshire Rail Trail North, a former railroad right of way that now forms the foundation of a nearly 18-mile long … Continue reading

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Keene State Geography Lights Up Tampa

Fifteen Geography seniors and four faculty members recently attended the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers.  Held this year in Tampa, Florida, this is the premier conference of our discipline, attended by thousands of academic and professional … Continue reading

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Seniors shine at Academic Excellence Conference

Geography Seniors made a splash at the 2014 Academic Excellence Conference on April 5th  with twenty-two seniors presenting six projects.  Parents, friends and faculty joined them to share in their success.  Read more about all six projects on the student … Continue reading

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Destination Recreation: A Parks and Recreation Inventory of Peterborough, NH

Geography Seniors worked in coordination with Peterborough Parks and Recreation Director Jeff King during the Fall of 2013. Their goal was to gain a better understanding of how the town’s recreation facilities are serving  current residents and how future trends … Continue reading

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Small town, big impact: a Natural Resources Inventory of Surry, NH

In the fall of 2013, Geography seniors Mike Desjardins, Kristin Carlson, James Shea and Ethan Yazinski undertook work to better understand the recreational amenities and wildlife habitats of Surry, NH. Their research contributed to the development of an ongoing Natural … Continue reading

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Is bigger better? Geography Seniors test the effectiveness of a giant floor map.

Spatial Skills involve concepts such as direction, orientation, and adjacency. Geography students Jenn Lundquist, Hallie Oullette and Amanda Smith used a National Geographic giant floor map to test these skills in fifth and sixth graders from local elementary schools. Their … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Commons: An Assessment of Bike Path Conditions in Keene, NH

Here we feature our third of six senior capstone projects.  One of the greatest amenities of Keene is the recreational paths that thread through downtown, and wind out toward the surrounding countryside.  In the Fall of 2013, five of our … Continue reading

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Senior Geography Research: Ashuelot Greenspace

This is the second project we are featuring from our 2014 graduating seniors, in anticipation of the upcoming Academic Excellence Conference on April 5th. Completed in the Fall of 2013, the Ashuelot Greenspace study examined a number of neighborhood and … Continue reading

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