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

The first place award of a $100 Amazon Gift Card went to:
 Lauren Hoehn Velasco, Doctoral Student, Department of Economics, graduate prize: "Death in the Country: The Role of Rural Health Initiatives in the Mortality Transition of the United States". 
 Delia Ridge Creamer, A&S 2016 in Environmental Geoscience , undergraduate prize: “Analysis of Donald Trump's Victory in Massachusetts “.

The second place award of a $50 Amazon Gift Card, went to:
 Kaipeng Wang, School of Social Work, graduate prize: " Neighborhood Mobility and Fruit/Vegetable Consumption in New York City".

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 27th at 3:00 p.m. in the O’Neill Lobby.   Past winning posters can be found in the university Institutional Repository,  eScholarship@BC at, under the category Juried Student Work. The entries of our newest winners will join this distinguished group. 

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

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Boston College supports the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in teaching, research and administrative projects. GIS is a database management system for capture, storage, retrieval, analysis, and display of spatial data and related information.

To request a GIS class presentation or GIS consultation for a research project contact:

Barbara Mento
Constantin Andronache


The GIS Team will work with faculty members to customize GIS integration into courses and support research projects. Support includes identifying GIS data, assistance in developing maps for course material, overview and demonstration of  ArcGIS software and hands on workshops for smaller groups of students.



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