Geographic Information Systems Student Award

To encourage and award the contributions made by UWM students to the development of geographic information science and technology, the GIS Council at UWM will hold a student GIS project competition on GIS Day, November 20, 2019.

Eligibility criteria are:

  • UWM students during the 2018-19 and/or 2019-20 school year
  • Submission of a project related to geographic information science and technology – the project could be from a class, a research project, or an internship
  • For projects resulting from an internship, a letter from a direct supervisor should be provided to verify that the majority of the work was done by the participant and that the oral summary was written solely by the participant
  • Doctoral students are required to submit course work or research projects that are not related to their dissertation.
  • Projects that were done in previous years are eligible to participate in the competition as long as the projects were done at UWM

Appropriate projects include a traditional poster demonstrating a GIScience method, analysis, or development; a physical static map; a digital map or web mapping application; or any other project that meets the following criteria:

  • The project addresses an important topic and effectively uses geospatial technology to analyze data and/or communicate information about the topic.
  • The project demonstrates excellence and innovation in developing and/or applying theories and methods of Geographic Information Science and Technology.
  • The project demonstrates high quality in overall communication of the project goals, accomplishments, and contributions to GIScience

The following awards and prizes will be given:

  1. The Best Graduate Student/GIS Certificate Student GIS Project: First Place – $300 and a certificate; Second Place – $200 and a certificate
  2. The Best Undergraduate Student GIS Project – First Place – $100 and a certificate

Participants should prepare a 5 minute oral summary of their project to present to the judges and audience on GIS day. Physical posters, maps, or other visual aids should be no larger than 36 × 54 inches. A screen will be provided to demonstrate digital projects. Please, no PowerPoint or similar presentations. The project should display, at a minimum, a title, your name, and affiliated department.

Posters can be printed at no cost through Visual Design Services at UWM. Detailed information can be found at Please note that this service requires instructor/advisor approval and requires a minimum of three business days.

Five judges will review and evaluate the projects based on the oral summary and the above criteria. Winners of the competition will be announced during the luncheon of GIS Day Activities. All posters projects will be on display at the American Geographical Society Library from 8:00AM to 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

Questions can be directed to the chair of the judging committee, Dr. Changshan Wu, Professor, Department of Geography,

Multiple Donors
$100 to $300
School/Colleges, Departments, and Areas
College of Letters & Sciences
Supplemental Questions
  1. I am submitting an entry as:
  2. My project is titled:
  3. If your project stems from an internship, provide the name and email address of a direct supervisor from the internship who can verify that the majority of the work was done by the applicant and that the oral summary was written solely by the applicant.