Previous CaGIS Student Scholarship Winners

2014 Winners

Song Gao is a Doctoral student at UC Santa Barbara. His research interests include Big Geo-Data Analytics and Place-Based GIS (PBGIS) and he plans to investigate the nature of place by harvesting and conflating multiple data sources such as gazetteers, online social media and volunteered geographic information. His advisors in the Geography Department are Dr. Krzysztof Janowicz and Dr. Michael F. Goodchild.

Mingshu Wang is a Masters student at the University of Georgia. His research interests expands upon the GIS work that he has done for the World Wildlife Fund where he worked on assessing the marine environment of Indonesia with remote sensing and machine learning to explain how biophysical environments dictate marine biodiversity. As a follow-up, he is linking these results with mangrove conservation. His advisor in the Geography Department is Dr. Marguerite Madden.

Helena Merschdorf is a Masters student at the University of Salzburg, Austria. Her research interests include examining: whether there is a "dominant" paradigmatic approach in GIScience and identifying a need for adopting a multi-paradigmatic view to accommodate the multi-faceted nature of space, spatial representations and the societal implications of geospatial information; and the spatial contextualization of subjective quality of life indicators, in order to be able to relate them with their objective counterparts. Her advisor in the Centre for Geoinformatics is Dr. Thomas Blaschke.

2013 Winners

Alexandre Bevington is a Masters student at the University of Ottawa. His advisor in the Geography Department is Antoni Lewkowicz and is working on spatial modeling of permafrost conditions in Yukon. He will not be able to make AAG in Los Angeles since he will be attending a one month course at the University Center in Svalbard at that time.

John Brakeall is a Masters student at Florida International University. His advisor in the Geography Department is Jeffrey Onsted and is working on decision making related to wildfire-modeling in Mexico. He won’t be attending the AAG meeting this year since his thesis research is still in the early works so he doesn’t anticipate presenting his work until the summer.

Paulo Raposo is a Doctoral student at Penn State University. His advisor in the Geography Department is Cynthia Brewer and his proposed dissertation research focuses on spatial pattern comparison between raster datasets before and after generalization. Since he serves as the Secretary to the CaGIS board, he will be at the AAG meeting in LA.