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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. 

For more information about GIS data and services at Boston College please contact: Barbara Mento, Data/GIS Librarian or visit our research guide: Finding Spatial Data for Mapping (GIS) at:

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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