VOLUME 15 NUMBER 2
SUMMER 2014

2014 GIS Contest Winners

The most rewarding part of recognizing the winners of the libraries' annual Geographic Information Systems Contest is the opportunity to meet and learn more about these bright, enthusiastic students. We have seen the growing interest in the use of GIS on campus and the response this year was impressive in the variety of topics, their relevance, and the attention to social justice and environmental issues. The number of entries and prizes has grown over the last 5 years. The posters were displayed in the O'Neill library lobby and attracted many patrons who stopped and enjoyed the outstanding work of our students.

Figure 1: Elissa Knight, Oluwaseun Fadugba, Stephen Hilfiker, Christopher P. Soeller, Aakash Ahamed, Christine Pang Figure 1: Elissa Knight, Oluwaseun Fadugba, Stephen Hilfiker,
Christopher P. Soeller, Aakash Ahamed, Christine Pang
(Photo: Caitlin Cunningham, Office of Marketing Communications)

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 first place award of a $100 Amazon Gift Card:

Graduate: Aakash Ahamed, grad student in Geology/Geophysics: "Know Your Air".
Undergraduate: Elissa Knight, A&S 2015 in Environmental Geoscience: "The Effect of Educational Attainment on Health Insurance Coverage".

Aakash Ahamed Figure 2: Aakash Ahamed
(Photo: Caitlin Cunningham, Office of Marketing Communications)
Elissa Knight Figure 3: Elissa Knight
(Photo: Caitlin Cunningham, Office of Marketing Communications)

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

Graduate: Christopher P. Soeller, grad student in Geology: "Environmental Justice in MA: An Analysis of Income Levels and Hazardous Waste Sites".
Undergraduate: Christine Pang, A&S 2015 in Environmental Geoscience: "Comparing two heating fuel types in Massachusetts counties".

The third place award of a $25 Amazon Gift Card:

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

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 were presented Wednesday, April 16th at 3:00 p.m. in the O'Neill Lobby by University Librarian, Tom Wall.

Past winning posters can be found in the university Institutional Repository, eScholarship@BC, under the category Juried Student Work. The entries of our newest winners will join this distinguished group.

Special thanks to the contest judges: Rudolph Hon, Associate Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences; Constantin Andronache, Research Associate, Research Services, ITS; Sally Wyman, Science Librarian; Enid Karr, Science Librarian and Barbara Mento, Data/GIS Librarian.

Barbara Mento
Data/GIS Manager, O'Neill Library