Elizabeth A. Wentz

Libby Wentz photoUCGIS is pleased to announce that Elizabeth A. Wentz, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate College and Professor of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at the Arizona State University, has been selected for the 2022 Carolyn Merry Mentoring Award.

Libby has demonstrated exceptional and distinguishing characteristics as a role model as well as her commitment and action towards mentoring activities in every arena of her academic life and over a record of many years. Her inclusive and visionary approach to GIScience research has moved the field forward by creating a generation of academics and practitioners that are changing the everyday life of our communities. Libby also tirelessly champions broadening participation in STEM education and promoting the success of diverse scholars in GIScience.

UCGIS will honor Libby Wentz and other award recipients as part of its Symposium 2022 programming activities.

 The Carolyn Merry Mentoring Award was established by UCGIS in 2015 to recognize an individual who demonstrates exceptional mentoring abilities and practices. Professor Carolyn Merry embodied the spirit of a mentor by sharing her wisdom and experience with colleagues, particularly junior scholars, as a scientist, educator, and academic leader. Professor emerita of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University, Dr. Merry was known for her scholarship and leadership in remote sensing and geographic information science. The goal of the Carolyn Merry Mentoring Award is to recognize the commitment she demonstrated to mentoring and the investment of others who share this philosophy.