Dr. Hume has been leading a South Africa Travel Study program since 2006. This is a collaborative program with Stellenbosch University in South Africa. The program provides SIUE undergraduates with a 5 week travel study experience in South Africa. Students spend four weeks in residence at Stellenbosch University taking three courses (one required and two electives) related to South African history, politics, art, social issues, and biodiversity.
Dr. Hume also works on improving the recruitment and retention of female and minority students in Geography. Since 2008 she worked with students in GEOG450 Qualitative Research Methods class to collect data on the reasons why female and minority students at SIUE do not choose to major in geography. She continues to work with her department to develop and implement strategies to improve recruitment and retention of these under- represented groups in the undergraduate geography program.
Dr. Hume's research was supported with a SIUE EUE Grant and a National Council for Geographic Education research grant.