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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. I am still working towards an official thesis title, however my topic is on climate and how it is interrelated to visibility in the Southwestern U.S., specifically in the Grand Canyon.

A big interest of my is volunteering. I have been working with Junior Achievement Worldwide since fall of 2009. My main activity is volunteering in the classroom, teaching seventh and eighth grade students financial literacy, decision making skills, and entrepreneurship. In summer of 2011, I volunteered for International Student Volunteers and worked on a habitat restoration project that was lead the Australian Ecosystem Foundation. I also volunteer on various other projects within my local community.

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

Phillips, M. C. K., A. B. Cinderich, J. L. Burrell, J. L. Ruper, R. Will, and S. C. Sheridan, 2012:  The Effect of Climate Change on Natural Disasters: A College Student Perspective.  Climatic Change. Under Review.


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

Undergraduate Geography Student Organization (President) 2012-2013

Association of American Geographers 2011-

Gamma Theta Upsilon (International Geographic Honor Society)  2011- 

International Student Volunteers (volunteer) 2011

Junior Achievement Worldwide (volunteer) 2009-

Jen Ruper
Department of Geography

Email for tutoring appointment:
445 McGilvery Hall