URISA Announces Finalists Geospatial Student Competition

URISA and the Vanguard Cabinet announced the finalists in the 2016 Geospatial Student Competition. The intent of the competition is to showcase the geospatial technology skills of current post-secondary students. Competing students will create a project that utilizes geospatial technology to address a real-world problem.

The finalists will make their presentations during the 2016 Geospatial Student Competition taking place on Wednesday, November 2, from 10:30 am-12:00 noon at GIS-Pro2016: URISA’s 54th Annual Conference in Toronto, Ontario.


  • Automated Layout of Origin-Destination Flow Maps: U.S. County-to-County Migration 2009–2013
    Daniel Stephen, Graduate Student, Oregon State University
  • Using New Methods: Finding Downhill Runs in Florida
    Joshua Sheldon, Graduate Student,  University of Central Arkansas
  • The Power of Place: Areas of Influence for Baltimore City Homicides (2010-2015)
    Molly Finch, Second Year Student,  Community College of Baltimore County

The initial round of the competition was judged by the URISA Vanguard Cabinet made up of young GIS Professionals under the age of 35. A panel of experienced GIS professionals will judge the formal presentations at GIS-Pro 2016. Cash prizes, conference registration, and URISA student membership (followed by a free year of Young Professional URISA membership upon graduation)  will be awarded to all of the finalists.

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