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Course Approval Forms

Students interested in enrolling in Undergraduate Research (GEO/ESC 499) or Independent Study (GEO/ESC 490/590) through the Department of Geography and Earth Science must complete the appropriate form below prior to registering for the course. Be sure to discuss your plan with your research advisor or independent study instructor prior to filling out the appropriate form. Within the form you will enter a project title and a description of your plan for the semester. These items should be completed in consultation with your advisor/instructor.

GEO/ESC 499 Undergraduate Research Approval Form 

GEO/ESC 490/590 Independent Study Approval Form 

Process for Accessing UWL Drives and Remote Desktops

Included here is the process for accessing the UWL drives and virtual desktops. Part A is for making connections to the GEODATA and/or U Drives when you do not want to connect to the UWL virtual desktop or the Geography Department’s GIS labs virtual desktops. Part B is for when you do want to connect to the UWL virtual desktop. Part C is for when you do want to connect to the GIS labs virtual desktops. The Part C directions only apply to students enrolled in GEO/ESC courses 250, 385, 445, 470, 485.

Each document below is accompanied by a video tutorial that is linked near the end of the document’s first paragraph. It is recommended that you use a combination of the PDF and the video.

  1. Connecting to UWL network and mapping drives:

    If all you want to do is connect to the UWL network and map your personal computer to the GEODATA and/or U drives:

    1. First, connect your computer to UWL’s network by following these instructions:  Installing and Connecting to UWL Virtual Private Network on Personal Computer
    2. Second, map your computer to the GEODATA and/or U drive by following these instructions: Mapping GEODATA and U Drives on Personal Computer
  2. Connecting to the UWL Open Access Lab virtual desktop:

    If you want to connect to the UWL virtual desktop offered by Open Access Labs (NOT the GIS labs) follow these instructions:  Connecting to a UWL Open Access Lab Virtual Desktop Using VMWare Client

  3. Connecting to the Geography Department’s GIS Lab remote desktop:

    If you want to connect to the GIS lab remote desktop that was made available to students in GEO/ESC 250, 385, 445, 470 and 485, skip all of the above and follow these instructions:  Connecting to GIS Lab Remote Desktop Using VMWare Client

    The GIS lab remote desktop has all the open access lab software plus the Geography Department’s specialized software. You will need to know the name of the computer that was assigned to you, which has been emailed to you and is available from your professor.

Poster Printing Information

Student posters can be printed by the Geography Department by request of a Department faculty member only!  If you are a Geography or an Earth Science major and need a poster printed for a Geography/Earth Science related conference or presentation, please contact your faculty advisor first to get permission.  The GIS Lab Manager (Cowley 241) will then be able to print it for you.

You must  provide the GIS Lab Manager at least two full business days of lead time in order to print your poster. 

The poster printer has a maximum width of 42" and below are some templates that will work well on our printer.  Please do not adjust the size of the poster, as then it will not print clearly.  Also, please take a look at the poster printing tips below to make sure your poster will look professional!


Poster templates:

Template 1 -- Blue background, 42 x 36 inches

Template 2 -- Red background, 42 x 36 inches

Template 3 -- White background, 42 x 36 inches


Course-Specific Websites

Transportation Geography (Geo 470: Special Topics)

Introduction to GIS