Symposium 2021 > Student Awards 

The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) is pleased to announce the recipients of its student awards for excellence in research during its 2021 Symposium.  We send a hearty thanks to the suite of judges from 15 different universities and geospatial organizations who evaluated the talks and posters, using multiple criteria including the robustness of the research and the effectiveness of its presentation.  We are very grateful to Esri and other sponsors who have made these awards and the Symposium possible through their financial support.


2021 Lightning Talk Awards

  • 1st Place:  Mehak Sachdeva, Arizona State University: Why Scale Matters: Simpson’s Paradox, MAUP and Local Modeling
  • 2nd Place: Shannon Ricci, North Carolina State University: Assessment of visitation trends at North Carolina artificial reefs using high-resolution satellite imagery
  • Honorable Mention: Jenna Epstein and Jeff Stern, University of Pennsylvania: Predicting Wildfires and Preparing Communities in Southern California

2021 Paper Awards

  • 1st Place: Yue Lin, The Ohio State University: Identifying High Accuracy Regions in Traffic Camera Images to Enhance Density Estimation
  • 2nd Place: Adam Gallaher, University of Connecticut: Estimating Second-Generation Biofuel Feedstock Production on Marginal Lands in Connecticut
  • Honorable Mention: Jinwoo Park, Texas A&M University: Measuring Accessibility to ICU Beds under the Uncertainty of Supply and Mobility

2021 Poster Awards

  • 1st Place: Penelope Mitchell, University of Alabama: Geographic Disparities in Access to Medication for Opioid Use Disorder across US census Tracts based on Treatment Utilization Behavior
  • 2nd Place: Fikriyah Winata, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: “My space and time are dictated by my jobs”: Space-Time Constraints for Female Domestic Workers in Hong Kong