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CalGIS 2016 Student Competition

Passing this along from SoCal URISA:

The California Chapters of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and the California Geographic Information Association (CGIA) are pleased to announce the 2016 CalGIS Undergraduate Student Competition!

The intent of the competition is to showcase the geospatial technology skills of U.S. undergraduate students. Competing students will create a project that utilizes geospatial technology to address a real-world problem. The student will then present the project and the resulting deliverables as a video that not only highlights their use of geospatial technology, but also demonstrates their communication and presentation skills.


Applicants must meet all of the requirements below to qualify for the competition (questions regarding eligibility can be directed to either Jane Schafer-Kramer or Wing Cheung):

  • Applicants must be the age of 18 or older;
  • Applicants must be enrolled during the Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 term in a geospatial technology course (e.g., geographic information systems, remote sensing, GPS/GNSS, etc.) or geospatial technology program at an accredited 2-year or 4-year California institution (undergraduate status);
  • Applicants must reside in California;
  • All work and cartographic output must be the original work of the applicant;
  • Only one entry allowed per student; and
  • Only individual student submissions allowed (no group projects).


The initial round of the competition will be judged by a panel of experienced geospatial specialists, and the combined scores from all judges will determine the top three (3) student finalists. These finalists will receive an invitation to present their project in-person at the CalGIS Conference in Anaheim, on May 11, 2016, where they will also be required to answer questions from the judges and the audience. Finalists will be automatically registered for the conference at no charge, and will also receive a travel stipend to help cover their travel expenses. Specifically, finalists traveling from less than 100 miles (each way) of Anaheim, CA will receive $200 of travel stipend, and those traveling more than 100 miles will receive $400.


The top three student finalists will receive an additional collection of favorable rewards designed to support their professional GIS career development. In recognition of his/her accomplishments, each finalist will receive recognition in URISA’s publication The GIS Professional, one year student membership in both URISA International and their local URISA chapter. In addition,

  • the First Place Winner will receive a $300.00 cash prize and an elegant engraved plaque,
  • the Second Place Winner will receive a $200.00 cash prize and a personalized award certificate,
  • the Third Place Winner will receive a $100.00 cash prize and a personalized award certificate.

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