TUGS Research Showcase
Event Review by Erin Kang
Photos by Lip Liew
Students munched on mini-sliders and gummy worms as they perused the work of fellow Geography undergraduate students on Thursday, March 8. Held in the Geography Lounge on the 5th floor of Sid Smith, the event gave undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff an oppurtunity to review some of the best undergraduate research projects from 2011-12. Ranging from GIS mapping projects, large poster displays, cartography projects, an interactive video presentation and even a laser-cut model of the Toronto waterfront, students were able to see the breadth of topics and issues that students in the Geography and Planning Department partake in and issues researched by students in the department over the last year. “…I don’t know, I always thought Geography was just about labelling maps and stuff”, an first-year student said as she stared at the display.
Organized by the Toronto Undergraduate Geography Society, this event was the first of its kind for the department and promises to be a highlight of the TUGS event calendar in future years. A sentiment echoed by many, this Exhibit was a great opportunity for students to explore the field of Geography and its many subsets and applications. Absent from the exhibit were written papers and research reports, elements of academic life that students may be all-too familiar with. Students of all experience levels, including graduate students, interacted with one another and excitedly spoke of the upcoming freedom of summer months, the return of grad school applications, and pending field courses. The Toronto Undergraduate Geography Society’s exhibit continues to represent the University of Toronto’s geography student body, providing a valuable element to student life.