Three student travel scholarships, two UCGIS Young Scholar Awards and an Intergraph Research Grant presented at third bi-annual conference.

Intergraph, Huntsville, Ala., Mapping and Geospatial Solutions presented a total of six scholarships, awards and grants to students and educators who have demonstrated exemplary performance in advancing the future of GIS at the 2004 GIScience conference. An international conference on geographic information science (GIS), the event was held Oct. 20 through Oct. 23 at the University of Maryland. The GIScience conference brings together scientists from academia, industry and government to analyze progress and to explore new research directions, focusing on emerging topics and basic research findings across all sectors of GIS.

During the Wednesday morning opening session, Intergraph presented three student travel scholarships with a total value of U.S. $2,000. The scholarships are used to cover the cost of registration, travel and hotel accommodations for the conference. Applicants were required to submit both a resume and a paper or abstract demonstrating their involvement in the study of GIS.

Scholarship recipients include Paul Robinson, University of Leicester (UK); Jeff Howarth, University of California, Santa Barbara; and Eeva Hedefine, University of Maine.

In addition to the student travel scholarships, Intergraph presented two University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Young Scholar Awards. The UCGIS Young Scholars Program provides financial support for emerging scientists in the GIS community to attend the UCGIS Assembly, which is being held in conjunction with the GIScience conference. The program is open to individuals in their first five years of teaching at a UCGIS member institution or individuals in a post-doctorate research position at a UCGIS member institution. Award recipients include Dr. Diansheng Guo, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of South Carolina; and Dr. Ola Ahlqvist, Research Associate, Department of Geography, Pennsylvania State University.

Intergraph, in collaboration with the UCGIS, presented a research grant to Dr. Tarek Rashed, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Oklahoma (OU). The grant offering, including U.S. $5,000 cash funding and a $50,000 software donation in recognition of an exceptional and innovative applied research proposal, provided an opportunity for any UCGIS member using or intending to use Intergraph technology as the foundation for geospatial research to apply. In an effort to promote the architectural heritage of Luxor City, Egypt, the OU Department of Geography plans to use Intergraph's software donation to ultimately create a comprehensive Web-enabled 3D geographic information system virtual model of Luxor City.

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Source: Intergraph, Oct. 20, 2004