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.
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.
CaGIS Masters Scholarship Award ($750): This award is to be granted to two students enrolled in, or accepted into, a Masters' degree programs during 2012 or 2013. 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 2012 or 2013. 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.
Candidates must be enrolled full-time in a four-year undergraduate or graduate degree program during 2011 or 2012, 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.
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.
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, 2014.
The selected applicants for the scholarships will be notified on or near February 15.
CaGIS Scholarship Committee: