Each year, the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) sponsors two scholarships to students whose research and accomplishments support the mission of CaGIS. The scholarships recognize academic achievement and encourage the continuing success of outstanding cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), and geographic
information science (GIScience) students. The scholarships also recognize achievement or potential for achievement in original research advancing the specific disciplines of cartography or GIScience. Winners are selected based on academic achievement, particularly in the calendar year prior to the award. Applications are reviewed by the CaGIS Scholarship Committee, and awards are announced in February or March. Information on other CaGIS-sponsored awards is available at www.cartogis.org/awards.
CaGIS Masters Scholarship Award ($500): This award is to be granted to a student enrolled in, or accepted into, a Masters’ degree program during 2009 or 2010. The winner will have demonstrated excellence in cartography or GIScience coursework and the potential to contribute to cartography or GIScience research. Outstanding undergraduates seeking to support Masters’ level research in GIScience are also eligible to apply (see below).
CaGIS Doctoral Scholarship Award ($1000): This award is to be granted to a student enrolled in, or accepted into, a PhD degree program during 2009 or 2010. The winner will have demonstrated excellence in cartography or GIScience coursework and the potential to contribute to cartography or GIScience research.
Winners are invited to present their research at an upcoming CaGIS-sponsored conference (such as AAG, GIScience, or AutoCarto) and may be eligible for limited travel or registration support if they choose to present.
Candidates must be enrolled full-time in a four-year undergraduate or graduate degree program during 2009 or 2010, studying cartography, geographic information science, or a closely related field. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member attesting to these eligibility requirements and to scholarly achievement and potential is required. Membership in CaGIS is not required, though professional and service activities such as participation in CaGIS is one of the selection criteria (see below). Prior scholarship winners are eligible to apply in subsequent years if all appropriate criteria are satisfied. Undergraduate applicants who have not yet been accepted into graduate school should request that their faculty advisor assess their potential for graduate study in their reference letter.
Valid applications for CaGIS awards (see below for application procedures) are reviewed by the CaGIS Scholarship Committee, which will use the following criteria to judge applications:
- 50% academic record;
- 20% applicant’s statement;
- 20% letter of recommendation;
- 10% professional activities (CaGIS membership, conference participation, publications, community service, etc.).
Level of financial need will be considered, if necessary, to break ties, after the primary criteria have been considered. The committee can choose to award no scholarships.
- Go to http://www.cartogis.org/awards/ and complete the application form.
- Compile the following:
- the completed application form
- a 400-word statement of educational objectives, future study or research plans and professional activities, and relationship of activities and/or research to mission of CaGIS
- a digital transcript showing records for 2009
- one letter of recommendation from a faculty member or supervisor familiar with your work
- E-mail these documents; see instructions on form. Applications must arrive no later than 5:00pm CST on JANUARY 15, 2010.
Notification of Winners
The selected applicants for the scholarships will be notified on or near February 15, 2010. The winners are encouraged to attend the awards ceremony at the 2010 AAG conference or the 2010 AutoCarto conference (see http://www.cartogis.org/eventspage/ for more information).