Previous Student GIS Project Competition Winners

To encourage and award the contributions made by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students to the development of geographic information science and technology, the GIS Council at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee initiated an annual student GIS project competition in Spring 2003. The criteria used were as follows:

  1. The project makes significant contribution to advance new theories and methods of Geographic Information Science and Technology.
  2. The project demonstrates excellence and innovation in applying theories and methods of Geographic Information Science and Technology.
  3. The project shows high quality of presentation in terms of graphic design in the poster and excellent writing of the project report.

The 2014 Winners are:

Best Student GIS Project for graduate students/GIS certificate students

First place, generously sponsored by UWM GIS Council:

  • Jana Viel, PhD student from the Department of Geography, for her paper "Utilization of GIS in Land Cover Analysis for an Urban Bird Survey"

Second place, generously sponsored by UWM GIS Council:

  • Feng Pan, GIS Certificate student and MS student from the Department of Geography, for his paper and poster "Influence of Different Methods for Estimating Impervious Surface Cover on Model-simulated Streamflow of the Milwaukee River Basin"

Best Undergraduate Student GIS Project

First place, generously sponsored by UWM GIS Council:

  • John Paul Sanborn, undergraduate majoring in Conservation and Environmental Studies and GIS/Geography minor, for his paper "Campus tree inventory"

The 2013 Winners are:

Best Student GIS Project for graduate students/GIS certificate students

First place, generously sponsored by UWM GIS Council:

  • Wenliang Li, PhD student from the Department of Geography, for his paper and poster "Phenology-based Temporal Mixture Analysis for Mapping Large-scale Impervious Surfaces Distributions"

Second place, generously sponsored by UWM GIS Council:

  • Jana M. Viel, GIS Certificate student and MS student from the Department of Geography, for her paper "Utilizing GIS for Common Nighthawk Survey Site Selection"

Third place, generously sponsored by UWM GIS Council:

  • Michael Denis, GIS Certificate student, for his paper and poster "A Wisconsin Intercounty Trail: Utilizing GIS to Plan a Bike Trail From Kenosha to Door County"

The 2012 Winners are:

Best Student GIS Project for graduate students/GIS certificate students

First place, generously sponsored by UWM GIS Council:

  • Wei Huang, PhD student from the Department of Geography, and Chengbin Deng, PhD student from the Department of Geography, for their paper and poster "A Geographic Approach of Carbon Accounting of Wisconsin"

Second place, generously sponsored by UWM GIS Council:

  • Margaret Pettygrove, PhD student from the Department of Geography, for her paper "Modeling Urban Food Environments"

Honorable Mention:

  • Kathryn Maxwell, masters student from the Department of Anthropology, Lindsay Robinson, masters student from the Department of Anthropology and GIS Certificate Recipient, and Thomas Zych, masters student from the Department of Anthropology and GIS Certificate Recipient, for their paper and poster "Kumlein Mound Group 47 JE-91: 2012 Survey and Mapping"

The 2011 Winners are:

Best Student GIS Project for graduate students/GIS certificate students

First place, generously sponsored by UWM Geography Department:

  • Wei Huang , PhD student from the Department of Geography, and Chengbin Deng, PhD student from the Department of Geography, for their paper and poster "Spatio-temporal analysis of chlorophyll-a distribution in Lake Michigan: a geographical perspective" [paper] [poster]

Second place, generously sponsored by UWM GIS Council:

  • Lindsay Robinson, GIS Certificate, Anthropology Master's student, for her paper and poster "Exploratory analysis of vegetation and ancient Maya settlement location: Quintana Roo, Mexico" [paper] [poster]

Best Undergraduate Student GIS Project

First place, generously sponsored by UWM GIS Council:

  • David Horvath, undergraduate student from the Geography Department, for his paper and poster"Demonstrating the need for more accurate areal rainfall interpolation and estimation techniques" [paper] [poster]

The 2010 Winners are:

Best Student GIS Project for graduate students/GIS certificate students

First place, generously sponsored by UWM GIS Council:

  • Margaret Pettygrove, Masters student from the Department of Geography "Quantifying Pedestrian Accessibility in Urban Milwaukee"

Second place, generously sponsored by UWM GIS Council:

  • Mark Caldwell, GIS Certificate, Sociology Master's student "Doubling the Green Investment"

Best Undergraduate Student GIS Project

First place, generously sponsored by Todd Clausen and Jeffrey Arp from the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee:

  • Ulrike Galasinski, undergraduate student from the Geography Department "Spatio-temporal Relationship between Groundwater Level and Urbanization: Waukesha County, Wisconsin"

The 2009 Winners are:

Best Student GIS Project for graduate students/GIS certificate students

First place, generously sponsored by Wisconsin Land Information Association:

  • Chengbin Deng, PhD student from the Department of Geography "Small Area Population Estimation using Remote Sensing, GIS and Demographic Information"

Second place, generously sponsored by the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing:

  • Andrew Tillman, GIS Certificate, "GIS in Motion" and Rama Prasada Mohaptra, PhD student from the Department of Geography, GIS Certificate "Locating Police Facilities on the Basis of Assaults in Washington, DC"

Best Undergraduate Student GIS Project

First place, generously sponsored by the Positioning Solutions Co.:

  • Brennan Kreiman, undergraduate student from the Anthropology Department "Urban Design with GIS: Planning Bikeways through Statistical Analysis"

The 2008 Winners are:

Best Student GIS Project for graduate students/GIS certificate students

First place, generously sponsored by Wisconsin Land Information Association:

  • Liang Liang, PhD student from the Department of Geography, for his paper "Deriving and Assessing a Climate-calibrated Phenological Index With Digital Image Processing for the Conterminous US."

Second place, generously sponsored by the UWM School of Architecture & Urban Planning:

  • Kenny Aderungboye, GIS Certificate, Monique Hassman, Masters student from the Department of Anthropology, GIS Certificate, Sam Hildebrand, GIS Certificate, Rajeev Nanda, GIS Certificate, for their paper and poster "Johnsons Park Health Alliance Community Food Assessment."

Best Undergraduate Student GIS Project

First place, generously sponsored by the UWM School of Architecture & Urban Planning:

  • Jason Schroeder, BS student from the Conservation and Environmental Science Program, for his paper and poster"Landscape change over 60 years surrounding Cedarburg Bog."

The 2007 Winners are:

First place (tied):

  • Richard R. Shaker, Master student from the Department of Geography, and
    Rama Mohapatra, PhD student from the Department of Geography, for their paper and poster"Landscape Ecology and Cellular Automation: Investigating Patch Transition in Exurbia."
  • Brian Thayer, Master student from the Department of Geography, for his paper and poster"Developing A Community Information System To Assist Neighborhood Revitalization Efforts."

Second place:

  • Michael Kumbera, Master student from the Department of Urban Planning/Master of Public Administration, GIS Certificate, for his paper and poster "Using GIS for Brownfield Remediation Management."

The 2006 Winners are:

First place:

  • Richard R. Shaker, Master student from the Department of Geography, for his paper and poster "Surface Geometry and GIS: Methodology for Predicting Sky-View Factor and Urban Heat Islands."

Second place:

  • Brad Lenz, Master student from the Department of Urban Planning,
    Richard Shaker, Master student from the Department of Geography,
    Andy Turner, Master student from the Department of Urban Planning,
    Adam Wirtz, GIS Certificate student, for their paper and poster "Using GIS to Identify Key Locations for Best Management Practices in Milwaukee."

Third place:

  • Greg Rybarczyk, PhD student from the Department of Geography,
    Rama Mohapatra, PhD student from the Department of Geography, for their paper and poster"Evaluating Neighborhood Health Through Empirical Analysis and GIS."

The 2005 Winners are:

First place:

  • Ahmed Abubaker, Master student from the Department of Urban Planning,
    Sutapa Chatterjee, Master student from the Department of Urban Planning,
    Marc Gelenian, GIS Certificate student, Ann Runyard , GIS Certificate student,
    Jia Tyan (Diana) Hu, Master of Fine Arts from the Department of Film,
    Joyce Witebsky, non-degree student, for their paper "Creating Developable Contiguous Parcels with ArcGIS 9 ModelBuilder."

Second place:

  • Greg Rybarczyk, Masters student from the Department of Geography, for his paper "A Combined Spatial and Spectral Methodology for Road Extraction Using High Resolution Imagery."

Third place:

  • Wen Lin, PhD student from the Department of Geography, for her project "A Prototype Orthoviewer for the American Geographical Society Library — An ArcIMS Site."

The 2004 Winners are:

First place:

Second place:

Third place (tied):

  • Ken Jenkins, Master of Planning from the Department of Urban Planning, for his project "A Remote Sensing & GIS Study of the Menomonee River Valley."
  • Vikas Lachhwani, Coordinate Master student of Urban Planning and Civil Engineering, and
    Eok Kim, Ph.D. student from Computer Science, for their project "GIS as a Tool for Facial recognition."

The 2003 winners are:

First Place:

  • Chuanrong Zhang, a graduate student from the Department of Geography, for her project "GML Approached Interoperable Geographic Database."

Second Place:

  • Jill A. Hewitt, a graduate student from the Department of Geography, for her project "Development of Methods to Inventory And Assess Small Constructed Wetlands in Ozaukee County."

Third Place:

  • Jun Luo, a graduate student from the Department of Geography, for his project "Milwaukee Property Sale Information: An Internet GIS Site for the Local Real Estate Market."