|Matthew Adams from McMaster University is this year’s winner of the URISA Ontario $500 Student Bursary for his project on using Air Pollution Exposure to determine School Closures. Declining school populations force many school boards to make the difficult decision to close schools. In Hamilton, Matthew looked at this issue facing both the public and Catholic school boards. Based on research that shows increased behavioural issues and increased absenteeism due to high exposure to air pollution, and taking into account commuting distances to schools, Matthew developed a unique approach to determine school closures. The outcome of this research can be applied to other school boards faced with similar dilemmas. In addition, this type of analysis can be applied to aid in determining new school locations and locations for other facilities that cater to young adults and children. Congratulations Matthew!
To be considered for this bursary, students are required to submit a paper detailing a GIS project or application that they have worked on during their studies or a topic of interest from a GIS related course. This can be an individual or group project. The URISA-Ontario Board of Directors will review the submissions and publish the four best submissions in one of their newsletters.
In addition, the best-of-the-best submssions will be reviewed and a bursary will be awarded to the top submission at our Annual General Meeting planned in early May each year. URISA-Ontario wll also offer a complimentary one year student membership to each of the top 10 submissions.
This is a great opportunity for students to get name recognition and begin participating within the URISA-Ontario organization. URISA-Ontario offers solid networking opportunites for the post educational job search and many different levels of involvement as part of a diverse community of geospatial professionals.
Papers should be no longer than 1,000 words and include a description of the project, its purpose and the solution that it will provide.
Student submissions should be forwarded to any member of the URISA-Ontario Board or directly to email@example.com
Deadline: March 30th
URISA International Student Competition
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to showcase their work by participating in the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association 2011 Student Paper and Poster Competition.
* PAPERS - Students are invited to submit a paper for a special section of the URISA Journal. The papers will undergo a review process under the direction of the Publications Committee, augmented by the Editor of the URISA Journal. Lead authors of the top three papers would receive an award of a one-year membership in URISA or free registration at the annual URISA conference.
* POSTERS - Community college and GIS Certificate students are invited to submit posters. The posters will undergo a review process under the direction of the Publications Committee, augmented by community college instructors. (This category is co-sponsored by the National GeoTech Center.) The top ten posters will receive an award of a one-year membership in URISA and will be recommended for free registration at a regional URISA conference.
The URISA Student Competition Committee will review all submissions and the winners will be notified in early August. Winners will be recognized during the awards ceremony at GIS-Pro 2011: URISA's 49th Annual Conference in Indianapolis.
Submissions are due June 6, 2011. Click here for additional information on the 2011 Student Competition and to review submissions from previous winners.
Please contact URISA Education Manager, Jennifer Griffith, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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