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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.

Tenth Annual GIS Contest Information Flyer 2019

GIS Day Contest flyer

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


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

Aleksandra Ostojic, Geology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, graduate prize: “Sedimentation Patterns in Nauset Marsh, MA”.

Zoe Fanning ‘20, International Studies; Ethics and International Social Justice, MCAS , undergraduate prize: “The Impact of Armed Conflict on Health Care Provision and Health Systems in Syria”.


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

Krisztina Horvath, Economics, MCAS, graduate prize: “Adverse Selection in Health Insurance Marketplaces: A Spatial Analysis”.

Kaylie Daniels ‘19,Political Science, MCAS , undergraduate prize: ”Socioeconomic Status as an Indicator of Attention Deficit/Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder Prevalence in Youth Aged 4-17”.


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

Shannon Crowley, Curriculum & Instruction, Lynch School of Education, graduate prize: “Using ArcGIS to Supplement Regression: Analysis of SPED Student Performance”.

Grace Harrington ‘19, Psychology, MCAS,  undergraduate prize: “Social Determinants of Mental Health in Tamil Nadu, India”.


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 24th, 2019  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; Enid Karr,  Science Librarian; Anna Kijas, Senior Digital Scholarship Librarian; Allison Xu, Data & Visualization Librarian and Barbara Mento, Data/GIS Librarian



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 and converting to PDF Format

  • 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.
  • All final  submissions must use the .pdf file format.
    In order to convert your PowerPoint file to a PDF, simply click "File" -> "Save As", choose your destination, and then choose "PDF ( .pdf)"
  • PDF file name must include your name and submission date. (i.e.bcgiscontest_baldwin_eagle_4_6_2019.pdf)
  • Any resubmitted work must be clearly marked revised

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, 2019
  • Include a one-inch margin around the edges to ensure text is not too close to edge.

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