Leland and Kathleen Hansen Geography Research Endowed Fund

The Hansen Research Fund was established in 2013 and supports students involved in research projects in the field of urban geography, with preference given to current geography majors.

Kathleen Lawler Hansen graduated from Macalester in 1963.  Her father, Harold Lawler, attended Macalester in the 1930s (before graduating from the University of Minnesota Dental School in 1938), and Lee and Kathy’s daughter, Laura Hansen Smith, is a 1994 graduate and a tenured faculty member in the Macalester Geography Department. Kathy retired from the University of Minnesota Medical Center after a successful career in laboratory services.  Lee, a University of Minnesota graduate, retired from the university’s pediatric research division. The Hansens became interested in urban geography through living in St. Paul for more than 40 years and through their daughter’s studies.

The annual application deadline is during the first week of February (see form for specific date).  Applications for the Hansen Geography Fund should be submitted to the Geography Department Chair.

Hansen Geography Research Endowed Fund Application Form
Past Hansen Geography Research Projects
Collaborative Summer Research (CSR) Guidelines

Womadix Foundation Research Fund

The Womadix Foundation Research Fund was established in 2015 and supports student collaborative research with Professor Moseley that is focused on the New Green Revolution for Africa, women and nutrition. While this broad research theme is fixed, there is some flexibility on the precise topic the student may chose related to this theme.  Applicants considered must meet the following criteria:

1. Fluency in French (required)

2. Interest in agriculture and Africa (required)

3. Flexible attitude, ability to work independently, and willingness to deal with some physical hardship (required)

3. Junior who would use this research to prepare a senior honors thesis (strongly preferred)

4. Geography major (preferred), but ES majors, African studies or international development concentrators also considered

5. Previous experience in Africa or other Global South setting (preferred)

6. Previously taken GEOG 232, 243 and/or 263 (preferred)

This grant covers the student’s travel expenses and provides them with a modest stipend (official Macalester summer rate) to cover living expenses. The evolving security situation in West Africa also requires that traveling individuals be cleared by the college’s international office before departure. At this time, the most likely research location is SW Burkina Faso.

If you think you might be interested in this opportunity, please email Professor Bill Moseley at by Jan 31, 2016 with an articulation of your interests and relevant experience, as well as a copy of your CV.

Note:  Potentially interested students may also wish to discuss this opportunity with senior Rachel Fehr at who was the 2015 recipient.

For additional research funding opportunities, visit Academic Programs