Student GIS Project Competition

Call for GIS Papers/Posters 2019

To encourage and award the contributions made by UWM students to the development of geographic information science and technology, the GIS Council at UWM will hold a student GIS project competition on GIS Day, November 20, 2019. UWM students are encouraged to participate in this important event.


  • All competition participants must be students for the academic year 2018-2019 or 2019-2020 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • The project could be a class project, a research project, or an internship project related to geographic information science and technology.
    • For projects resulting from an internship, a letter from a direct supervisor should be provided to verify that the majority of the work was done by the participant and that the oral summary was written solely by the participant.
    • Doctoral students are required to submit course work or research projects that are not related to their dissertation.
  • Projects that were done in previous years are also eligible to participate in the competition as long as the projects were done at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


Appropriate projects include a traditional poster demonstrating a GIScience method, analysis, or development; a physical static map; a digital map or web mapping application; or any other project that meets the following criteria:

  • The project addresses an important topic and effectively uses geospatial technology to analyze data and/or communicate information about the topic.
  • The project demonstrates excellence and innovation in developing and/or applying theories and methods of Geographic Information Science and Technology.
  • The project demonstrates high quality in overall communication of the project goals, accomplishments, and contributions to GIScience

Awards and Prizes

The following awards and prizes will be given:

  1. The Best Graduate Student/GIS Certificate Student GIS Project
    1. First Place – $300 and a certificate
    2. Second Place – $200 and a certificate
  2. The Best Undergraduate Student GIS Project
    1. First Place – $100 and a certificate

Procedure and Deadline


All interested participants should enter through the UWM’s Panther Scholarship Portal ( before November 17th, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

Oral Summary and Presentation

Participants should prepare a 5 minute oral summary of their project to present to the judges and audience on GIS day. Physical posters, maps, or other visual aids should be no larger than 36 x 54 inches. A screen will be provided to demonstrate digital projects. Please, no PowerPoint or similar presentations. The project should display, at a minimum, a title, your name, and affiliated department.

Posters can be printed at no cost through Visual Design Services at UWM. Detailed information can be found at Please note that this service requires instructor/advisor approval and requires a minimum of three business days.


Five judges (see below) will review and evaluate the projects based on the oral summary and the above criteria. Based on the evaluation, the award committee will select three projects as winners of the competition.

Exhibition of Projects

All projects will be on display at the American Geographical Society Library (the third floor, east wing, of the UWM Golda Meir Library) from 8:00AM to 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

Judges and the Award Committee

Please contact the members of the Award Committee if you have any questions:

Dr. Changshan Wu, Chair
Professor, Department of Geography

Dr. Robert Schneider
Professor, Department of Urban Planning

Dr. Rebecca Konkel
Criminal Justice & Criminology

Emily Champagne
GIS Manager, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District