URISA Alberta is committed to fostering GIS-related education in Alberta.

To promote student involvement in the URISA Alberta community and recognize students excelling in GIS coursework and research, we offer a graduate scholarship, fund undergraduate awards, and we have also sponsored a junior high geospatial project!

All students are strongly encouraged to present their projects at a luncheon in Edmonton or Calgary, which will provide networking opportunities with geospatial professionals. Please contact Kristin at program@urisab.org for details.

URISA Alberta Graduate Student Scholarship

Application Process: Submit your formatted application by September 1, 2019 via email to Charlene at academicLiaison@urisab.org for adjudication by URISA Alberta executive and select members. All masters or doctoral students undertaking research in GIS and/or remote sensing within the past year at a higher educational institution in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba are eligible to apply. The submission must be a 4-page PDF and include the following:

  • Cover page with the project title, your full name, supervisor name, degree program (MA, MGIS, MSc, PhD, etc.), department, educational institution, and a 50-word biography that includes your future career goal
  • Maximum 500-word paper (two pages) describing the problem and solution
  • Map(s) to support your project (one page)

Value: $300 and a complimentary registration to present at GeoAlberta (within 2 years of award). Also, the top three receive a one-year URISA Alberta student membership and publication of their projects on the URISA Alberta website.


  • 2017-2018
    1st place: Nima Karimi, University of Regina, “Multi-criteria spatial analysis of regionalized waste facilities in Saskatchewan using ArcGIS”
    2nd place: Liz Huayta-Hernani, University of Alberta, “Assessing road sediment production in the Livingstone Watershed”
    3rd place: Federico Riva, University of Alberta, “Distribution of cranberry blue butterflies (Agriades optilete) and their responses to natural and anthropogenic disturbances: what really matters?”
  • 2018-2019: Apply by Sept 1st and this could be you!

Applicants may reapply every year that they are a graduate student, but previous first place winners will be eligible to be selected for only another one-year student membership.

University of Calgary – Urban and Regional Information Systems Association Scholarship

Application Process: Submit the Continuing Undergraduate Awards application available in the online Student Centre through the MyUofC portal.

Value: $250 to $700


  • 2018-2019: Jeffrey Plett
  • 2017-2018: Jaron Swain
  • 2016-2017: Luke Bungay
  • 2015-2016: Christine Nesbitt
  • 2014-2015: Colton Allan Grant
  • 2013-2014: Kyle Chau
  • 2012-2013: Luxi Li
  • 2011-2012: Gregor Cuddeback
  • 2010-2011: Nina Connors
  • 2009-2010: Rebecca Hansen
  • 2008-2009: Kellie Dearden
  • 2007-2008: Victoria Walker
  • 2006-2007: Krystal Chin
  • 2005-2006: Benjamin Giesbrecht
  • 2004-2005: Brent Else
  • 2003-2004: Jennifer Talerico
  • 2002-2003: Matthew Sheldrake
  • 2001-2002: Anoop Pullivelli
  • 2000-2001: Joshua Goertzen
  • 1999-2000: Curtis Kemppainen
  • 1998-1999: Andrew Davison
  • 1997-1998: Russell Bruder
  • 1996-1997: Graham Gerylo
  • 1995-1996: Agnes Tokarczyk
  • 1994-1995: Christine Earl
  • 1993-1994: Sara Masterson

University of Alberta – Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) Award

Application Process: Nomination by the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences after completing EAS 221 and EAS 351.

Value: $250


  • 2018-2019: Libby Tunney
  • 2017-2018: Tenea Dillman
  • 2016-2017: Allison Rubin
  • 2015-2016: Nicole Bonnett
  • 2014-2015: Lucas Sherwin
  • 2013-2014: Rebecca Himsl
  • 2012-2013: Alan Shapiro
  • 2011-2012: Jake Muffly
  • 2010-2011: No award
  • 2009-2010: Natasha Jmaeff
  • 2009-2010: Jennifer McGetrick
  • 2008-2009: No award
  • 2007-2008: Maureen Stonehouse
  • 2006-2007: No award
  • 2005-2006: Justin Bairnes
  • 2004-2005: No award
  • 2003-2004: Erin Doxsey-Whitfield
  • 2002-2003: Catherine Gold
  • 2001-2002: Shasta Rudyk
  • 2000-2001: Mei Mei Chong
  • 1999-2000: Inian Moorthy
  • 1998-1999: Jared Hewko
  • 1997-1998: Erik de Groot

University of Lethbridge – URISA Prize in Geographic Information Systems

Application Process: Nomination by the Department of Geography for highest academic achievement and positive contribution and involvement in GEOG 3740 (see page 57).

Value: $500


  • 2018-2019: Emily Jones
  • 2017-2018: Kailyn Nelson
  • 2016-2017: Trevor Deering
  • 2015-2016: Bryan Ogden

URISA Alberta Sponsors the SABLE Project

As part of URISA Alberta’s commitment to fostering educational opportunities in Alberta, the URISA Alberta Executive recently agreed to sponsor the SABLE Project for a 3 year term.

One of the extra-curricular projects offered at Sir George Simpson School in St. Albert, Alberta is known as SABLE (St. Albert Balloon Launch Experiment). Students involved with SABLE work collaboratively with one another and staff to experience science through the field of high altitude ballooning. Students decide on, and design, projects that use small payloads (usually under 1 kg. ), which are then carried into near space by high altitude weather balloons. Students track and recover their payloads with a combination of VHF radio and GPS. Often times, payloads include cameras and small simple experiments. Children and adults alike are always amazed and excited with these high altitude balloon projects. These projects take theory from a textbook and make it hands on with a tangible outcome. We take great satisfaction in knowing that we are part of a process which brings science alive, excites kids and goes where no student has gone before!!

SABLE’s 3 year plan is to launch and recover a rockoon (rocket launched from a near space balloon platform). One of SABLE’s goals is to have the rockoon reach a maximum altitude of 200,000 feet.

Please see the following links:

An example of the tracking technology we use:

SABLE 5 video on You Tube. There are some interesting shots from various altitudes. The video is 8 minutes in length including credits. Be sure to watch for the burst!!

New release –  SABLE 7 video.


Upcoming Events Alberta

GeoAlberta 2019


Nov 13-14, 2019
Red Deer, Alberta

Stay tuned for further details


GIS Courses being offered ONLINE by NAIT Computer Training Centre: Click here for a complete course list.

Upcoming Events Canada

URISA Leadership Academy

Aug 19-23, Toronto, Ontario

Esri Canada instructor-led certified training

Professional Specialization Certificate Program in Population Health Data Analysis (PHDA)

Upcoming Events International

URISA International

GIS-Pro 2019: URISA's 57th Annual Conference for GIS Professionals

Sep 28-Oct 2, 2019
New Orleans, Louisiana

URISA Leadership Academy


Oct 21-25, Phoenix, Arizona

GISCorps Video Released


URISA Alberta Partners