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Finding Spatial Data for Mapping (GIS)


BC Libraries Contest

Includes spatial data sources and mapping tools and support persons. Boston College supports several Geographic Information Systems software packages on campus.


 Thank you for all of the entries! Please join us on April 26th, 2017, at 3pm in the O'Neill Library lobby to congratulate the winners.

The first place award of a $100 Amazon Gift Card went to:

Samantha Dow, Geology/MCAS, graduate prize: “Mapping channel changes in glacial and legacy sediment reaches of the South River”.

Mary Stack, Geology/MCAS, undergraduate prize: “Farmer's Markets in Massachusetts”.


The second place award of a $50 Amazon Gift Card, went to:

Shan Shan, Sociology/MCAS, graduate prize: “Inquiring and Visualizing Large-Scale Space: Placing China’s Changing Urban Hierarchy from 1985 to 2010 Into Spatial System”.

Theresa L Rager, Biology/MCAS, undergraduate prize:”Failing Provisions and Failing Hearts: The association between grocery store access and cardiovascular disease”.


The third place award of a $25 Amazon Gift Card went to:

Rachel Piccolino, Psychology/MCAS, co-winner undergraduate  prize: “Impact of Sexual Education on HPV Vaccination Rates”.

Lesley Lopez, Sociology/MCAS, co-winner undergraduate prize: “Smoking and Stroke Prevalence across the United States”.


Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

Submissions will be judged on:

  • Quality of the map
  • Appropriate use of GIS as a research tool at Boston College within the last year.
  • Originality
  • Topics from a wide range of disciplines are accepted (such as Geosciences, Biology, Social
  • Sciences, Education, History, Economics, etc). Topics depicting social implications of research
  • such as environmental, social justice, public health, etc. will receive special consideration
  • Coursework or research undertaken at BC

Contest guidelines

To enter the contest, please submit a PowerPoint slide, following the instructions below:

Making a poster in PowerPoint

  • Create a new PowerPoint presentation and select a blank slide as the slide format.
  • Go to the Design menu and choose Page Setup. Under Slides Sized For: choose Custom.
  • Type 36 inches for width and 28 inches for height.

On the poster slide include

  • Title of your research project and your name
  • Department and co-authors if appropriate
  • Map or maps of your research using GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
  • Abstract describing your research and how GIS was used with results, discussion, and conclusions
  • Source of data and how it was used in the project
  • In the upper right corner: BC GIS Contest, 2016
  • Include a one-inch margin around the edges to ensure text is not too close to edge.

Additional notes