UCGIS Awards

The UCGIS Awards Program identifies and honors members of our geospatial community who have extraordinary records of accomplishments, including service to the mission of UCGIS. Scholars worldwide can be nominated for any of these awards, but the nominations themselves can only come from individuals affiliated with current UCGIS member institutions.  Winners for 2020 will be honored at the May 2020 Symposium in Honolulu, Hawaii.  

The nomination deadline for all of our current awards is Friday February 7, 2020, and this will not be extended. 


Our Research Award is given to an individual who has made a particularly outstanding research contribution to geographic information science. This may include an outstanding peer-reviewed research work, or series of works, though other modes of expression will be considered, including patents, software packages, and non-refereed publications. This award is not for life-time achievement, but instead for a particular research product made at any time prior to the award year. Guidelines for the 2020 Research Award nominations (pdf) can be found here. 

Ready to nominate someone for the Research Award?  Access the online nomination form here. The nomination deadline is Friday February 7, 2020, and it will not be extended. 

UCGIS Research Award Recipients

Serge Rey
2016
Hanan Samet
Hanan Samet
2009
Frederico Fonseca
2006

David Mark

David Mark 

2004

 


Our 2020 Innovation in GIScience Education Award is hereby announced! This new biennial award is given to an individual who has contributed outstanding innovations to GIScience education. The award is intended to recognize innovative contributions of both national and international significance to GIScience education. GIS education innovations may include, but are not limited to:

  • Implementing new ways to be inclusive and equitable in GIS Education, including access to geospatial technologies, including desktop, cloud, or high-performance computing.
  • Developing innovative learning techniques (online and/or in classrooms or beyond).
  • Enabling students to analyze new types of geospatial data or use emerging geospatial technologies (for example, mining geospatial content in social media, using cyberinfrastructure, or collecting data using drones).
  • Developing opportunities that enable students to create rapid turn-around results to meet pressing community needs (e.g., developing protocols and strategies that allow students to quickly assist non-profit organizations or government entities in local emergencies)
  • Creating curricula or coursework that embed opportunities for GIS students to participate in finding solutions to global crises (e.g., disease outbreaks, refugee crises, UN Sustainable Environment Goals, or Wicked Problems).
  • Equipping GIS students to effectively disseminate authoritative geospatial scientific findings regarding complex societal issues (e.g., through training in science communication or visualization).

Note that 2020 is the first year the UCGIS Innovation in GIScience Education Award will be offered. In future years, the award will alternate biennially with the UCGIS Lifetime Achievement in GIScience Education Award.

Guidelines for this new UCGIS Innovation in GIScience Education Award nominations can be found here (pdf)

Ready to nominate someone for the UCGIS Innovation in GIScience Education Award?  Access the online nomination form here. The nomination deadline is Friday February 7, 2020, and it will not be extended. 

 

Recipients of the UCGIS Lifetime Achievement in GIScience Education Award, formerly known as the UCGIS Education Award:

Ken Foote
2013
William Huxhold
2012
Karen Kemp
2004

 


Our Carolyn Merry Mentoring Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional mentoring abilities and practices. Dr. Carolyn Merry, a professor emerita of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University, embodied the spirit of a mentor by sharing her wisdom and experience with colleagues, particularly junior scholars, as a scientist, educator, and academic leader. In addition to leadership roles as department chair at her university and president of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), she served from 2002 to 2004 on the executive committee of UCGIS. While UCGIS President, Carolyn’s leadership style reflected her strengths as a mentor. During and after meetings, she was known for her engagement with participants and careful listening during every conversation.

The goal of the Carolyn Marry Mentoring Award is to recognize her commitment to mentoring and the investment of others who share this philosophy.  Guidelines for the Carolyn Merry Mentoring Award nominations can be found here (pdf).

Ready to nominate someone for the Carolyn Merry Mentoring Award?  Access the online nomination form here. The nomination deadline is Friday February 7, 2020, and it will not be extended. 

UCGIS Carolyn Merry Mentoring Award Recipients

Nina Lam

Nina Lam

2016

Bhudu Bhaduri

Budhu Bhaduri

2017

Keith Clarke

Keith Clarke

2018

Guido Cervone

Guido Cervone

2019


The Service Award recognizes individuals who have significantly contributed to the growth, development and ongoing success of the organization. This Award is made only at the discretion of the UCGIS President. 

UCGIS Service Award Recipients

Timothy Nyerges
2014
     
Laxmi Ramasubramanian
2014

 


 

UCGIS Student Paper Competitions

Weibo Liu
2015