Student Scholarships and Awards

The Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) proudly announces that applications are now being accepted for the Society’s annual scholarship awards. The scholarships recognize academic achievement and encourage the continuing success of outstanding cartography and geographic information science students. The scholarships also recognize achievement or potential for achievement in original research advancing the specific disciplines of cartography or geographic information science.

Applications are due by February 28, 2022 and will be reviewed by the CaGIS Scholarship Committee. Award recipients will be announced in April, 2022.

Four scholarships are available to students whose research and accomplishments support the mission of CaGIS. CaGIS will award two Master’s Scholarship Awards ($1,000 each) and two Doctoral Scholarship Awards ($1,500 each) to outstanding applicants. Award priority will be given to those candidates that are currently enrolled in a four-year undergraduate or graduate degree program during 2020 or 2021, studying cartography, geographic information science, or a closely related field. Outstanding undergraduates or individuals returning to school that have been accepted to a master’s program in GIScience are also eligible to apply for the Master’s Scholarship Award. Outstanding candidates that are not currently enrolled as a student, but have been accepted to a PhD program are also eligible to apply to the Doctoral Scholarship Award.

To apply for a 2021 CaGIS scholarship award, please submit the following information to by 11:59 PM ET on Monday, February 28, 2022:

  • A 500-word statement that includes discussion of your educational objectives and research activities, your future study and research plans, how your current or future research supports the mission of CaGIS, and your service activities in the profession of cartography or geographic information science. This statement should not be a research proposal. Instead, your statement should clearly and concisely describe who you are as a cartography or geographic information science student and your potential to excel in the profession.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV).
  • A digital copy of your transcript showing records from the relevant years between 2019-2021.
  • A letter of nomination from a current CaGIS member (e.g., faculty member or supervisor) who is familiar with your academic and research activities. The author of the letter of nomination must be a current CaGIS member.
  • A completed application form.

CaGIS will evaluate applicants based on the following criteria:

  • Submission of all items listed above to by 11:59 PM ET on Monday, February 28, 2022.
  • Academic achievement, particularly with respect to coursework in cartography, geographic information science, and related fields.
  • Research activities and the potential of the applicant to contribute to cartography and geographic information science research.

Previous Student Scholarship Award Winners

2022Ph.D.Bing Zhou (Texas A&M)
Advisor: Lei Zou
Ph.D. Hoeyun Kwon (University of Iowa)
Advisor: Caglar Koylu
2019Ph.D.Brent Dell (University of Texas at Dallas)
Advisor: May Yuan
2018Ph.D.Amber Bosse (University of Kentucky)
Advisor: Matthew Wilson
2017Ph.D.Carolyn Fish (Penn State)
Advisor: Cynthia Brewer
Master’sDaniel Stephen (Oregon State)
Advisor: Bernhard Jenny
Master’sKristen Vincent (Wisconsin-Madison)
Advisor: Robert Roth
2016Ph.D.Yingjie Hu (UC Santa Barbara)
Advisor: Krzysztof Janowicz
Master’sKelsi Davis (University of Alabama)
Advisors: Broadbent & Zambrano
Master’sRudy Omri (University of Oregon)
Advisor: Amy Lobben
2015Ph.D.Bojan Šavrič (Oregon State University)
Advisor: Bernhard Jenny
Master’sPai Hui Yu (Arizona State University)
Advisor: Stephanie Deitrick
Master’sAnnalisa Ingegno (University of Montana)
2014Ph.D.Song Gao (UC Santa Barbara)
Advisors: Janowicz & Goodchild
Master’sMingshu Wang (University of Georgia)
Advisor: Marguerite Madden
Master’sHelena Merschdorf (University of Salzburg, Austria)
Advisor: Thomas Blaschke
2013Ph.D.Alexandre Bevington (University of Ottawa)
Advisor: Antoni Lewkowicz
Master’sJohn Brakeall (Florida International University)
Advisor: Jeffrey Onsted
Master’sPaulo Raposo (Penn State University)
Advisor: Cynthia Brewer

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