Students engaged in the Mapathon, sitting in a crowded room with maps on their laptop screens
One of CUER's focuses is on digitally mapping communities. Each year, GW students participate in Mapathons, during which they remotely map previously unmapped communities.

The Center for Urban and Environmental Research (CUER) is based in the GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Geography.

Through the center, faculty and students engage in innovative research activities that complement academic courses while fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration across the university. CUER researchers are funded through and collaborate with a wide range of institutions, including the National Science Foundation, NASA, National Institutes of Health, World Bank, Children’s National Medical Center and Ford Foundation. Currently, CUER has research expenditures in excess of half a million dollars per year.