Student Scholarships and Awards

Announcement: 2024 CaGIS Scholarship 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 March 31,2024, and will be reviewed by the CaGIS Scholarship Committee. Award recipients will be announced in May, 2024.

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 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. Awardees will have the opportunity to be interviewed and featured on the CaGIS website and social media.

To apply for a 2023 CaGIS scholarship award, please submit the following information in the online application form by 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, March 31, 2024:

  • 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 at least the last two years. Highlight, underline, or circle courses that contribute to your “core GPA” listed on your application form. Coursework considered to fall within your “core GPA” are those strongly related to the disciplines of cartography and geographic information science such as geography, geographic information systems, cartography, computer science, mathematics, statistics, geodetic science, data visualization, and remote sensing.
  • A letter of nomination from a faculty member or supervisor who is familiar with your academic and research activities. The applicant or the author of the letter of nomination must be a current CaGIS member.

CaGIS will evaluate applicants based on the following criteria. All evaluations will be based on the materials submitted by the applicant:

  • Submission of all items listed above to the online application form by 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, March 31, 2024.
  • 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.

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Previous Student Scholarship Award Winners

2023Ph.D.Yuhao Kang (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Advisor: Song Gao
Ph.D.Jinwen Xu (University of South Florida)
Advisor: Yi Qiang
Ph.D.Yue Lin (The Ohio State University)
Advisor: Ningchuan Xiao
MastersBarira Rashid (Arizona State University)
Advisor: Stephanie Deitrick
MastersOladunni Farinloye (Western Illinois University)
Advisor: Christopher Sutton
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
2017 Ph.D.Carolyn Fish (Penn State)
Advisor: Cynthia Brewer
Master’sDaniel Stephen (Oregon State)
Advisor: Bernhard Jenny
Master’s Kristen 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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