2013 GIS Mapping Contest Awards

It is with great pleasure that the BC Libraries announce the winners of the Fourth Annual Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Contest at Boston College. Over the last four years the number of contest entries has grown, the departments submitting entries including Earth and Environmental Studies, History, Biology and Economics. The response this year was so strong that University Librarian, Tom Wall, determined that dual prizes are warranted in order to recognize the work of both graduate and undergraduate students. The winners are as follow:

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

Graduate Prize: Austin Nijhuis, Graduate student in Earth and Environmental Sciences: "Predicting Coastal Dead Zone Size: a Statistical Approach Using GIS".
Undergraduate Prize: Andrew Ireland, A&S 2014 in Biology: "Population Pressures on Tiger Habitat in India".

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

Graduate Prize: Brendan Hildum, Graduate student in Earth and Environmental Sciences: "Arsenic Speciation and Groundwater Chemistry Near and Within a Landfill Leachate Plume in Central Massachusetts".

Undergraduate Prize: Licia Tomasi, International student in Earth and Environmental Sciences: "Wind Power in Massachusetts: Conservation and Energy Production".

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

Graduate Prize: Federico Mantovanelli, Graduate student in Economics: "The Protestant Legacy. Missions and Literacy in India".

Undergraduate Prize: Kyra Prats, A&S 2013 in Earth and Environmental Sciences: "Relationships Among Hydrogeomorphology, Wetland Distribution, and Water Levels in Estuarine Environments".

Undergrad winners Undergraduate winners: Kyra Prats, Andrew Ireland and Licia Tomasi
Photo Credit: Kevin Tringale
Grad winners Graduate winners: Austin Nijhuis and Brendan Hilum (missing Federico Mantovanelli)
Photo Credit: Kevin Tringale

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 on Wednesday, April 17th in the O'Neill Lobby by University Librarian, Tom Wall.

Our goal is to have even more entries next year and expand the number of departments with entries. This is an opportunity to recognize student scholarship using GIS as a tool. Winners are invited to contribute their posters to the university Institutional Repository where past winners may be viewed. See eScholarship@BC.

Our thanks go to 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