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Jen Ruper

Masters student

I began attending Kent State in the Fall of 2008. I was accepted into the combined BA/MA program in geography the Spring of 2012. I graduated in May of 2013 with a BA in environmental geography. Currently, I am in my second year of the master's program.

My area of research is in the relationship between climate and visual air quality. My offical thesis title is Assessing Visual Clarity and Air Quality Using Synoptic Climatology in Grand Canyon National Park, USA. Being that I have a background and interest in art, my research approach is from an aesthetic view rather than a health stand point.

My research interests are all over the board, but I have a soft spot for lake-effect snow (living in the "snow belt" my entire life). In my free time (which is few and far between), I enjoy knitting and sewing. I currently work full-time in insurance as a claims adjuster.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Phillips, Melissa CK, Adam B. Cinderich, Jennifer L. Burrell, Jennifer L. Ruper, Rachel G. Will, and Scott C. Sheridan. "The Effect of Climate Change on Natural Disasters: A College Student Perspective." Weather, Climate, and Society 2014 (2014).

Analyzing Average Snowfall Utilizing Synoptic Weather-Typing: Lake Effect vs. Non-Lake Effect. Presentation. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference: Tampa. April 2014

The Effect of Climate Change on Natural Disasters: A College Student Perspective. Poster Presentation. Graduate Student Senate Annual Symposium, April 2012


Research Areas
  • Applied Climatology
  • Visual Air Quality
  • Natural Hazards
  • Sustainability

Association of American Geographers 2011-  present

Undergraduate Geography Student Organization (President) 2012-2013

Gamma Theta Upsilon (International Geographic Honor Society)

International Student Volunteers (volunteer) 2011

Junior Achievement Worldwide (volunteer) 2009- 2013

Jen Ruper
Department of Geography

Email for tutoring appointment:
445 McGilvery Hall