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Young GIS scholars: win a trip to the Esri UC

The Esri Young Scholar Award recognizes the excellent work in geospatial sciences by students from around the world and rewards them with a trip to the Education GIS and Esri User Conferences in San Diego. In Canada, the winner is selected through a competition where students have the opportunity to showcase their research.

Each year, the competition for the title of Canada’s Esri Young Scholar becomes more intense: in 2016, 42 students from 21 different colleges and universities across Canada submitted an application. The winner was Marie-France Jones, a PhD student from the University of New Brunswick. After returning from the Education GIS Conference and Esri User Conference  last summer, she shared her thoughts about her Esri Young Scholar experiences. She was particularly impressed by what younger students are able to accomplish using ArcGIS.

Visit the Esri Canada Scholars Portal to learn more about Marie-France and some of Canada’s other past Esri Young Scholars.

The 2016 Esri Young Scholars from around the world with Jack Dangermond at the Esri User Conference.

The Esri Young Scholar competition attracts students from a variety of fields and disciplines. Although the past two winners, Marie-France Jones and Shane Furze, have both been forestry students, among the runners-up have been Laura Thomson, a PhD student working in the Laboratory for Cryospheric Research (LCR) at the University of Ottawa; Olympia Koziatek, a geography student at Simon Fraser University interested in 3D modeling of urban environments; Joyce Liu, a student in the Community Design program at Dalhousie University; and Robert Gustas, an anthropology student at the University of Alberta, whose research interests include geospatial and landscape archaeology. These and all of the other excellent submissions demonstrate the importance of GIS in not only the traditional fields of geography but additionally, in urban planning, biology, ecology, archeology, geology, history, emergency response management and more. GIS is essential to any field where location matters.

Poster submission from 2016 Runner-up Laura Thomson, a PhD student at the University of Ottawa who studies the movement of glaciers.

The search is now on for Canada’s 2017 Esri Young Scholar. If you think you could be an Esri Young Scholar, or know an exceptional student studying GIS or using GIS in their work, the application deadline is Friday, April 7th at 5 pm Eastern Time. Interested students must submit a poster and a report demonstrating their use of Esri technology in a research project, as well as an academic transcript. More information and the application form can be found here. If you have any questions, contact us at

About the Author

Krista Amolins is a Higher Education Developer and Analyst in the Esri Canada Education and Research group. Her responsibilities include developing resources for use by students and faculty at colleges and universities, focusing particularly on LiDAR, JavaScript and Android app development; collaborating on projects with researchers at select universities; and coordinating the Esri Canada scholarship programs. She has a PhD in Geomatics Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and also holds the Esri ArcGIS Desktop Associate Certification.

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