Since 2005, the Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium (MUGS) has been hosted annually by a rotation of Geography programs in the Midwest, providing undergraduates the opportunity to present their research at a formal Geography symposium. MUGS 2021 will be hosted virtually by Macalester College on Saturday, April 24, 2021.


Anisha RajBhandary ’21
Jim Smith ’21
[email protected]

Faculty Advisor:
Laura Smith, Department Chair



Important Dates
April 2: Registration & Abstract Deadline (Presenters)
April 23rd: Registration Deadline (Non-Presenters)
April 24th: MUGS 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

10:00 am – 10:15 am – Welcome & Program Notes
10:20 am – 11:20 am – Concurrent Session 1
11:25 am – 12:25 pm – Concurrent Session 2
12:30 pm – 12:55 pm – Lunch Break
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Concurrent Session 3

Student Opportunities
1. Presentation (Paper): A 15-minute presentation.  The paper presentation allows for a more in depth look at or research topic within geography. Presentations will be grouped into sessions based on relevance/topic. Examples:  Capstone Project, Honors Project, or any in depth Geography research project.

2. Presentation (Lightning): A 5-minute presentation. The lightning paper session is a group of very short presentations summarizing recent research or studies. A maximum of 8 PowerPoint slides per presentation. Examples: Course research paper, poster, cartographic/GIS/remote sensing project, or preliminary research for an upcoming project.

3. Attend: Students can simply attend the conference and are not required to present.

Abstracts (maximum 200 words) are due no later than April 2nd and are required for both paper and lightning presentations.

Note:  All MUGS sessions will run virtually via the Zoom platform.

MUGS 2021 Publicity Poster