Have you wondered how faculty do their research? Are you eager to learn more about a specific topic or issue? Would you like to work with a faculty member on a research project?

The Geography Undergraduate Mentors Program (GUMP) encourages undergraduate students to work closely with a selected faculty mentor on research.

You pick a professor who you would like to work with, meaning he/she does research that you would like to help with, and then you approach that professor. If he/she is willing, then you would complete a short application for the program. GUMP students work closely with their faculty mentor to prepare a professional presentation for a conference in the fall semester. The department covers the student’s registration fee, transportation (via a seat in the department van), and hotel cost. The goal of the program is to learn how to conduct research in geography, cultivate and expand your skills and knowledge, develop a mutually beneficial mentor-student relationship, and have a great experience doing so.


  • February or March: The GUMP application cycle is announced by email and via the department website.
  • Late April/early May: Students accepted into GUMP are notified before the end of the spring semester.
  • Summer: GUMP participants are encouraged to enroll in three independent study hours with their faculty mentor over the summer. GUMP students work with their faculty mentor to identify a suitable conference for their research presentation.
  • Early September: Conference abstracts are due.
  • October: Attend and present at the conference.

Application Process:

Students who apply to GUMP need to submit the following materials to the Undergraduate Committee, attention: Don Colley (don.colley@okstate.edu)

  • A letter of interest, articulating why the student wishes to participate, his/her interests in geography, and identifying at least one potential mentor.
  • An unofficial transcript.

Questions? Reach out to any faculty member in Geography.




Anthony Valentine, Sr. Academic Advisor

CAS Student Success Center
213 Life Sciences East
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-5658 
Email: anthony.valentine@okstate.edu