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Geospatial Information and Technology Association (GITA), Rocky Mountain Chapter Scholarship 2011 Awards Announced

This scholarship is provided by GITA Rocky Mountain Chapter to UW undergraduate and graduate students whose degree program focuses on the use of GIS technologies.  WyGISC is proud to announce the 2011 winners, Ryan Anderson (undergraduate recipient) and Julie Hart (graduate recipient).

 For more information on other geospatial scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.


Ryan Anderson is an undergraduate student majoring in Geography and Environment & Natural Resources with a minor in the Honors Program.  He currently uses GIS and remote sensing applications in his undergraduate research project and works in a lab using GIS to reconstruct historic forest structure in Oregon.  After graduating, he plans to obtain an M.S. with a focus on GIS and Natural Resource Management.

Ryan Anderson

Julie Hart - As a conservation biologist, a good foundation in geographic information sciences is critical. Prior to returning to my graduate studies in 2009, I spent over five years involved in regional and international conservation planning initiatives in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. Conservation planning centers around species distribution models, biodiversity hotspots, refuge systems, and wildlife corridors, each of these fields relying heavily on GISci. In light of climate change, there is an increasing focus on conservation planning at larger and larger geographic scales. It would be impossible to plan at the global scale if GISci technology was not available. In addition, well-designed graphic representations of such spatially-oriented initiatives are extremely helpful in describing conservation options to partners of all backgrounds and thereby gaining public support. I personally value these visual products as they aid me in conceptualizing problems and the multiple solutions to those problems. Thus, it is in my career, research, and personal interest to improve my understanding of geographic information sciences.

Julie Hart

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