2014 Winners Announced

Thank you to all of the students who participated this year! The submissions showcased a wide array of geospatial and cartographic techniques, and we were pleased to see the great work being done by undergraduate and graduate students alike. For those of you who will still be students next year, or for those who were unable to participate this year, please join us for next year's competition (and consider attending GIS-Pro 2015 - October 18-22, 2015 in Spokane, WA)! 
  • People's Choice Award (voted on by conference attendees): Amy Rideout, Senior; University of TN-Knoxville
  • Best Presentation Award: Peng JiaPh.D. Candidate; Louisiana State Univ.
  • Best Undergraduate Submission: Jana ArcherSenior; East TN State University
  • Best Graduate Submission: Paul Lemieux, Graduate; University of TN-Knoxville
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Calling All GIS Students: Present your research! Gain experience! Pad your Resume! Win Cash Prizes!

Help revitalize traditional poster contests by joining the Vanguard Cabinet for a showcase of recent 'maptastic' GIS student innovations! Instead of traditional printed and thumb-tacked maps, we are going completely digital! There will be a series of brief presentations (no longer than five minutes each) during the competition session on September 9th at 2pm where students will compete for the "Best Presentation" cash award. Additionally, digital submissions will be accepted for students unable to attend the conference, where they can compete for additional cash prizes in various categories. All approved submissions will be uploaded online and displayed in the common area during the conference, to allow conference attendees to vote on a "People's Choice" award. All awards will be presented to select competitors during the Wednesday morning awards ceremony at GIS-Pro 2014: URISA's 52nd Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Competition Details:
  • Win Cash Prizes!
    • People's Choice Award: $300
    • Best Presentation Award: $300
    • Best Undergraduate Submission: $150
    • Best Graduate Submission: $150
  • Free Conference Registration! Students who sign up to be a volunteer at the conference will receive complimentary registration!
  • Able to attend and present in New Orleans? Awesome! Gain valuable experience while competing for an additional cash prize for "Best Presentation". Students presenting are eligible to win this prize along with prizes in other categories. All student presenters will earn 1 GISCI Contribution Point to apply to their GISP Certification, in addition to points earned for attending the conference.
  • Unable to attend and present in New Orleans? No problem! All digital student submissions are eligible to win prizes in all categories, except for the "Best Presentation" award.
  • Conference Attendees Can Cast Their Vote! An additional "People's Choice" award will be voted on by conference attendees.
  • Eligibility: All students are welcome to enter! To be eligible, you must be registered at least half-time for the Fall 2014 term at an accredited college/university (evidence must be submitted with your completed application). Only one submission allowed per student.
  • Format: All digital! Submit a .pdf or image file of a map or poster you've created, a PowerPoint highlighting your GIS research project, or a video walk-through of a web app., mobile app., model, or script you've developed. Please save a tree and do not print a poster or map for display at the conference. Submissions will be displayed on projector screens and various laptops during the voting period.

GIS-Pro 2014 Student Competition Application
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Please fill out your information below and upload evidence of half-time or greater student status for the Fall 2014 term along with your competition submission (only one submission allowed per student). You may submit a map or poster .pdf (or image file), a PowerPoint presentation, or a video walk-through of a web app., mobile app., model, or script you've developed. All submissions will be reviewed, to ensure appropriate content, and competitors will receive an email confirmation upon approval. We encourage competitors to attend GIS-Pro 2014 in New Orleans to present their work, but those unable to attend will still be able to compete for all but the "Best Presentation" award. Please submit any questions to urisa.vc@gmail.com (note: if your file size for upload is >20MB, please email us so we can find an alternate method of file transfer).

[The competition submission period has ended (deadline was Friday, August 29, 2014)]