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The CaGIS Student Scholarships

Each year, the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) sponsors three scholarships to students whose research and accomplishments support the mission of CaGIS. The scholarships recognize academic achievement and encourage the continuing success of outstanding cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), and geographic information science (GIScience) students. The scholarships also recognize achievement or potential for achievement in original research advancing the specific disciplines of cartography or GIScience. Winners are selected based on academic achievement, particularly in the calendar year prior to the award. Applications are reviewed by the CaGIS Scholarship Committee, and awards are announced in February or March.

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.

Previous Winners

Awards

CaGIS Masters Scholarship Award ($750): This award is to be granted to two students enrolled in, or accepted into, a Masters' degree programs during 2013 or 2014. The winners will have demonstrated excellence in cartography or GIScience coursework and the potential to contribute to cartography or GIScience research. Outstanding undergraduates seeking to support Masters' level research in GIScience are also eligible to apply (see below).

CaGIS Doctoral Scholarship Award ($1500): This award is to be granted to a student enrolled in, or accepted into, a PhD degree program during 2013 or 2014. The winner will have demonstrated excellence in cartography or GIScience coursework and the potential to contribute to cartography or GIScience research.

Winners are invited to submit their research at an upcoming CaGIS-sponsored conference (such as AAG, GIScience, or AutoCarto) and may be eligible for limited travel or registration support if they choose to present.

Eligibility

Candidates must be enrolled full-time in a four-year undergraduate or graduate degree program during 2013 or 2014, studying cartography, geographic information science, or a closely related field. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member attesting to these eligibility requirements and to scholarly achievement and potential is required. Membership in CaGIS is not required, though professional and service activities such as participation in CaGIS is one of the selection criteria (see below). Prior scholarship winners are eligible to apply in subsequent years if all appropriate criteria are satisfied. Undergraduate applicants who have not yet been accepted into graduate school should request that their faculty advisor assess their potential for graduate study in their reference letter.

Selection Criteria

Valid applications for CaGIS awards (see below for application procedures) are reviewed by the CaGIS Scholarship Committee, which will use the following criteria to judge applications:

Level of financial need will be considered, if necessary, to break ties, after the primary criteria have been considered. The committee can choose to award no scholarships.

Application Procedure

1. Compile the following:

2. E-mail these documents; see instructions on form. Applications must arrive no later than 5:00pm CST on JANUARY 18, 2015.

Notification of Winners

The selected applicants for the scholarships will be notified on or near February 16.

CaGIS Scholarship Committee:

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