URISA Alberta Graduate Student Scholarship 2018

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

To promote student involvement in the URISA Alberta community, we now offer a graduate scholarship. URISA Alberta has funded undergraduate scholarships at the University of Calgary (since 1993), University of Alberta (since 1997), and University of Lethbridge (since 2014) for undergraduate students who excel in their GIS coursework. Information and past recipients may be viewed here: https://www.urisab.org/sponsorship/

As a masters or doctoral student undertaking research in GIS and/or remote sensing, you are eligible to submit your application detailing a geospatial project that you have worked on within the past year at a higher educational institution in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba. Your 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
  • A 500 word paper (two pages) describing the problem and solution
  • Map(s) to support your project (one page)

The URISA Alberta executive and select members will evaluate the submissions and award each of the top 3 with a one-year URISA Alberta student membership. You will also get name recognition through the publication of your project on the URISA Alberta website and circulated in a special newsletter emailed to URISA Alberta members. In addition to a student membership, the first place winner will also receive a complimentary registration to present at the next GeoAlberta conference plus a $300 cheque.

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

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

Submit your PDF application via email to Charlene at academicLiaison@urisab.org by September 15, 2018. The winner will be announced in September.

URISA Alberta Scholarships at the University of Calgary

Scholarship name: Urban and Regional Information Systems Association Scholarship

Award Value: $250 to $450

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

Previous Awardees:

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

URISA Alberta Scholarships at the University of Alberta

Scholarship name: Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) Award

Award Value: $250

Application Process: Nomination by the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, after completing EAS221 and EAS351

Previous Awardees:

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

University of Lethbridge

Scholarship name: URISA Prize in Geographic Information Systems

Award value: $500

Application Process: Nomination by the Department of Geography, after completing GEOG 3740 and one of GEOG 3750, 4740 or 4751

(See page 531)

Previous Awardees:

  • 2014-2015: Bryan Ogden
  • 2015-2016: Trevor Deering

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.


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