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Dr. Collins Recognized at 2014 National Conference for Geography Education

Dr. Larianne Collins, a Research Associate in the Department of Geography at USC, received the Women in Geographic Education Award at the 2014 National Conference for Geography Education, which was held in Memphis, TN, from July 31-August 3.

Dr. Larianne Collins, Research Associate with the South Carolina Geographic Alliance, received the Women in Geographic Education Award, which is given annually to a female graduate student enrolled in a program leading to a career in geography education. Her research focuses on spatial thinking and the use of geospatial technologies in the classroom, with a specific study on the impact of paper versus digital map technology on students’ spatial thinking skill acquisition. After serving as a teacher in Richland School Ditsrict 1 and as Assistant Principal at Brookland-Cayce High School, Dr. Collins received her PhD from the Geography Department at USC in 2014. She now works with the South Carolina Center for Excellence in Geographic Education and the the South Carolina Geographic Alliance, a network of K-12 educators and university geographers using geography to improve the education of our state's children.