Geography student MaryAnne Flier wins 1st place for research

A Raider Buzz feature:

A GRCC geography student’s presentation won first place at the annual meeting of the East Lakes Division of the American Association of Geographers.

MaryAnne Flier received the honors in the undergraduate student paper competition with her presentation “Assessing the Political Impact of Evangelical Christians in a Midwestern Battleground-State Community.” Her work examines the intersection of politics and religion on the social landscape of Grand Rapids.

All geography programs at colleges and universities throughout Michigan and Ohio are part of the East Lakes Division. A panel of faculty from some of the region’s leading geography programs judged the research papers at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

GRCC’s geography program was also recognized as a finalist for the 2020 American Association of Geographers Award for Associates Program Excellence.

Flier is scheduled to graduate this spring and plans to study geography at Aquinas College.


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