Congrats to the Winners of the 9th Annual GIS Mapping Contest

April 20, 2018

It is with great pleasure that the Boston College Libraries announce the winners of the Ninth Annual Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Contest at Boston College:

The first place award of a $100 Amazon Gift Card went to:
Abolfazl Sotoudeh-Sherbaf, Sociology, graduate prize: "Iran's 2018 Protests: Spatial Diffusion, Socio-Economics, and Climate Change". Michaela Simoneau ‘18, International Studies, Biology/MCAS, undergraduate prize: "The Plight of the Rohingya Refugee: Assessing current and predicted health and sanitation challenges".

The second place award of a $50 Amazon Gift Card, went to:
Xinyi Zeng, Earth and Environmental Sciences, graduate prize: "Evaluating the Impact of Dams on Sediment Transport Pattern in the Main Stem of Parker River". Gabby Bouchard ‘18, Biology/MCAS, undergraduate prize: "Surveillance of Leading Chronic Diseases in Allston-Brighton".

The third place award of a $25 Amazon Gift Card went to:
Ruilin Chen, Sociology, graduate prize: "Who Gets What It takes to be "Culinary Omnivores"? A Spatial Analysis of Race and Cuisine Diversity based on Yelp Restaurants". Emily Janin '18 , Psychology/MCAS, undergraduate prize: "Limitation of Movement and Access to Health Sites in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, Palestine".

Awards were based on map quality, use of GIS as a research tool and originality. Special consideration was given to topics depicting social implications of the research such as environmental issues. The awards will be presented Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in the O'Neill Lobby.

Past winning posters can be found in the university Institutional Repository, eScholarship@BC, under the category Juried Student Work. The entries of our newest winners will join this distinguished group.

For more information about GIS data and services at Boston College please contact: Barbara Mento, Data/GIS Librarian or visit our research guide, Finding Spatial Data for Mapping (GIS).

Special thanks to the contest judges:
Rudolph Hon, Associate Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences ; Constantin Andronache, Research Associate, Research Services, ITS; Enid Karr, Science Librarian, Allison Xu, Data & Visualization Librarian and Barbara Mento, Data/GIS Librarian