Facilities and Resources
Geographic Research Center and Computer Lab
The Geographic Research Center (GRC) is housed in the Department of Geography at UNA. The GRC is equipped with over 30 computers dedicated to GIS, remote sensing, and other geography applications. State-of-the-art software in the lab is frequently updated and includes: ERDAS Imagine, ArcGIS 10.1, Business Analyst Premium, IDRISI Selva, Esri CityEngine, Fragstats, gvSIG Desktop, Geospatial Modeling Environment (GME), SatScan, Crimestat, PythonWin, SPSS, R, and a variety of other analysis tools.
Other Campus Labs
In addition to the GRC, Collier Library at UNA contains computer labs equipped with GIS software and other resources. Geography students and faculty have access to the UNA Herbarium and Plant Resources and Research Laboratory housed in the Department of Biology as well as other campus research facilities. UNA is also a member institution of the Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory.
Current Endowments and Scholarships
The UNA Foundation manages three endowments, two scholarship funds, and a general purpose geography fund to support education, research and other departmental activities. The Ben H. Craig Professorship of Geography endowment provides annual funds for research and development activities among the faculty. The Emma V. Craig Geography Department endowment provides resources for equipment, supplies, travel and other departmental needs. The Dr. Freddie Wood Center for Geography Innovation, Research and Science endowment directs funding towards the development of innovative ideas in geographic research for faculty and students. Additional funds from the Geography Department Scholarship endowment and the UNA Geography Alumni Association provide students with opportunities for sponsored research and financial support for tuition.