My name is Elise Mazur, I am a 19 year old Geographic Science major. I am from central New Jersey and attend James Madison University in Virginia. I am currently an intern at the American Geographical Society. I will be interning here at the AGS Headquarters through August.
I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Geographic Science with a minor in Environmental Science. I am completing both concentrations for the major. Those being: Applied Geographic Information Science (AGIS) as well as Environmental Conservation, Sustainability, and Development (ECSD). This upcoming year I will be the Vice President of our Geography Club and will be in the international Honor Society in Geography, Gamma Theta Upsilon.
I was taught at a young age about how humans are affecting the environment, and when I found the major I knew it was where I wanted to be. I am very interested in physical geography, and it would be impossible to pinpoint one subject that I would want to focus on because it is all intriguing and it all works together. I am fascinated by climate, climate classifications, biomes, glaciers, and ecosystem ecology. After college I hope to continue on to obtain a graduate degree in an environmental field.
As an intern at AGS I hope to improve my cartography skills, meet other geographers, and develop even more of a passion for the subject. During my time here I plan to interview AGS council members, help organize the Fall Symposium, and help enhance the social media pages. As an intern I will also create maps and posts for the blog, write spotlights on companies that are doing innovative geographic work, help improve the website, and work on other projects in the office. I attended the State of the Map Conference with AGS and was inspired to help the open source mapping community.