The International Geographic Information Foundation (IGIF)announced its 2002-2003 Awards Program. These awards are based on merit for significant contributions to the fields of mapping and the spatial sciences. Applications for the 2002-2003 awards must be submitted for review on or before September 1, 2002.

Since 1994, the IGI Foundation has conducted two annual competitions to provide scholarships and research grants for selected university students: (1) A student research paper that must be accepted for presentation by the award recipient at an annual technical conference of one of the Foundation's three Member Organizations, and (2) a student research proposal that requires a paper reporting the results of the proposed research be accepted for presentation by the award recipient within one year of the award at an annual technical conference of one of the Member Organizations.

The International Geographic Information Foundation Awards have been created to encourage university students to become professionals in their chosen fields of specialization and young professionals to continue to expand their skills and knowledge. By design, the Foundation's Award Program causes participants to become aware of the value of rigorous research and the importance of active participation in the activities of the professional organizations indentified with their career orientation.

Additional information about the Foundation and its award programs is provided for all interested parties, agencies, and institutions at www.igif.org, including all necessary information for students and young professionals wishing to apply for the scholarships and grants. Voice, facsimile, USPS and E-mail contact information is given at the website as well.