Boston College Libraries Faculty Newsletter



Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Contest

Boston College Libraries celebrated outstanding student scholarship by announcing the winners of the Second Annual Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Contest. Tom Wall, University Librarian, presented the prizes in the O’Neill Library lobby on April 13th, 2011.


Josh Coefer and Christopher Soeller

1st place winner, Josh Coefer (left) and 2nd place winner, Christopher Soeller (right). Photograph: Caitlin Cunningham.

A first prize of a $100 Amazon Gift Card was awarded to Josh Coefer, graduate student in the Geology and Geophysics Department for his entry: "Land Use and the Extent of Roadsalt Contamination in Surface Water and Groundwater, Eastern Massachusetts". Christopher Soeller ’11, a geology major, was awarded second prize of a GIS T-Shirt for his presentation: " Potential Pollution of Water Resources in the Boston Metropolitan Area".


The contest highlights a campus-wide geospatial research program at Boston College. Librarians work closely with faculty and students to identify geospatial data for purchase and provide support for GIS research projects. GIS skills are a valued addition to any student resume since GIS is now used extensively by corporations and at every level of government.


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. Posters of the winning entries and other student entries were displayed in the O'Neill Library for several weeks in April.


For more information about GIS data and services at Boston College please contact: Barbara Mento, Data/GIS Librarian or visit our research guide: Finding Spatial Data for Mapping (GIS).


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

Barbara Mento
Data/GIS Librarian