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2014 GIS Contest Winners!


It is with great pleasure that the Boston College Libraries announce the winners of the Fifth Annual Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Contest at Boston College.  The response this year was impressive in the relevance, variety of topics and the attention to social justice and environmental issues. Prizes were awarded to both graduate and undergraduate entries with a third place tie for graduate submissions.

The first place award of a $100 Amazon Gift Card goes to:

Aakash Ahamed, Graduate student in Geology/Geophysics , graduate prize: "Know Your Air". 

Elissa Knight, A&S 2015 in Environmental Geoscience, undergraduate prize: "The Effect of Educational Attainment on Health Insurance Coverage".

Aakash Ahamed
Elissa Knight

The second place award of a $50 Amazon Gift Card, goes to:

Christopher P. Soeller, Graduate student in Geology, graduate prize: "Environmental Justice in MA: An Analysis of Income Levels and Hazardous Waste Sites".

Christine Pang, A&S 2015 in Environmental Geoscience, undergraduate prize: "Comparing two heating fuel types in Massachusetts counties".

Christopher P. Soeller
Christine Pang

The third place tie award for graduate students of a $25 Amazon Gift Card goes to:

Oluwaseun Fadugba, Graduate student in Geophysics, graduate prize: "Propagation of P- and S- Waves and the Variation of Peak Amplitude from Earthquake's Epicenter Using the Mississippi 2012 Earthquake as a Case Study".

Stephen Hilfiker, Graduate student in Geophysics/Earth and Environmental Sciences, graduate prize: "Tsunami Risk Assessment for the Pacific-Northwest United States"

Oluwaseun Fadugba
Stephen Hilfiker

Awards were based on map quality, use of GIS as a research tool and originality. Special consideration was given to topics depicting social implications of the research such as  environmental issues. The awards will be presented Wednesday, April 16th at 3:00 p.m. in the O’Neill Lobby by University Librarian, Tom Wall. Please join us in congratulating the winners. The winning posters will be on display in the O’Neill Lobby.

Special thanks to the contest judges:

Constantin Andronache, Research Associate, ITS ; Rudolph Hon, Associate Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences; Enid Karr, Science Librarian; Barbara Mento, Data/GIS Librarian  and Sally Wyman, Science Librarian.