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Dean's Award: Victor Atkinson

Campus Life

Favorite UI Memory?
The thought that I could do two max-credit semesters back to back, ha ha ha, silly me.

Dorm or Greek?
Dorm, please, I wouldn't have had time for all this in a frat.

Intramural Sports or Student Clubs?
Intramural volleyball and dodgeball.

Tell us

What are your plans for after graduation?
Im living in Greece right now, enjoying my last shreds of freedom before trying to find a job with an NGO or in GIS.

What should incoming first-year students know?
The amount of work you do now correlates directly to how smug you are entitled to be in 4 years.

What advice to you have for other students in your major?
To all you geographers: Travel openmindedly into the other hemisphere (heh) of the field. All you physical geography kids, be eager to learn about human geography and really let it open your mind to how we operate in space. And all you human geographers (like me) allow yourselves to push through the tedium and come to enjoy, as I have, the symphony of sights and wonders this world offers us naturally. 

Victor graduation photo
Victor Atkinson sitting on the Administration Building steps ready to graduate

Awarded to the outstanding senior in each department.

Victor Atkinson

Why did you choose the University of Idaho?
Cheap, good geography program. I love Idaho, didn't want to leave.


Political Geography with Raymond Dezzani

Irina Kappler-Crookston 

Remote Sensing and GIS Integration Lab

Research Project?
My senior project -- Finding a European Energy alternative to Russian Natural Gas


What is your favorite study tip?
Don't just memorize facts, if you can take the extra time to understand why things are the way they are it will be retained 1000 times better and it will probably be more interesting as well.

What is your go-to study snack?
Winco 50 cent bagels dipped in macaroni and cheese sauce.

Victor Atkinson
Victor Atkinson in the alps


College of Science

Physical Address:
Mines 321

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3025
Moscow, ID 83844-3025

Phone: 208-885-6195

Fax: 208-885-6904


Web: College of Science