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Rebecca Hoffman

I entered the master's program through the combined bachelor's/master's program. I graduated Magna Cum Laude in December 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, concentrating in environmental and GIS. I had the distinct honor of becoming a member of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the Geography Honor Society, in April 2010. I also completed and passed the required ground schooling required by the FAA for a private pilot's license through Kent State's School of Technology. I maintained a grade point average of at least 3.7 throughout my undergraduate career, and was able to achieve this while taking care of my child, enrolled in 15-18 credit hours per semester and working a part-time job. 

I have spent much of my life concerned about the effects of severe weather, and this encompasses most of my interest for my graduate research. I am most interested in human perception of severe weather and other natural hazard warnings. I am interested in the impact of weather and human decisions in transportation disasters, especially aviation and motor vehicles. 

Other topics I would like to investigate further include the geographic distribution of domestic violence against women, public perception of climate change and urban trends in coastal cities (particularly the East Coast of the United States), and public policy concerning the availability of storm shelters in mobile home parks.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

I am currently working on my master's thesis proposal with the help of my adviser, Dr.Thomas Schmidlin. My thesis will focus on public perception of commonly held tornado myths. My ultimate goal with this research is to potentially identify which demographic/social groups tend to believe in the myths, so that intervention and education can be directed toward that specific part of the population.



"Hurricane Isabel: A Survey of Natural Effects on the Outer Banks using Remote Sensing" Poster presentation, East/West Lakes Joint Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Northern Illinois University, October 2012

"'To the Southwest Corner!' Tornado Myths and Socio-Demographic Factors" Paper presentation, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, 2013 (forthcoming)

Research Areas
  • Natural Hazards/Disasters
  • Aviation Hazards/Disasters
  • Transportation Geography
  • GIS


American Association of Geographers 2010-present

Gamma Theta Upsilon (International Geographical Honor Society) 2010-present

Women in Aviation 2008-2010

Kent State Weather Forecasting Team 2008, 2011-12

American Meteorological Society 2012-present


Magna Cum Laude Kent State University, 2011

Gamma Theta Upsilon Alpha Nu Chapter 2010


James & Dorothy Rinier Scholarship  2010

Tetreault Book Scholarship  2011

Kent State College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Student Leadership Award 2012


Rebecca Hoffman
Department of Geography

McGilvery 445- by appointment

McGilvery 431- Tues/Thurs 1:45-3:45


Advanced GIS- TA Fall 2012

Geography of Wine- TA Fall 2012