Students Recieve Esri GIS Scholarship for Community Engaged Work

Posted on Wednesday, August 11th, 2021

Two students participating in a Community Engaged Teaching and Learning project this year have earned the Esri Canada GIS Scholarship for their work at the Chalmers Community Services Centre during Dr. Ben DeVries' course GEOG 4480: Applied Geomatics, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics. The Esri Canada GIS Scholarship Award program provides software, books, training, funding and other benefits to students at colleges and universities across Canada.

The department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics awards this scholarship based on deserving work completed in GEOG*4480, Applied GIS, the department's capstone GIS project course. The award was given to 4th year students Thanuja Thavarasa and Rachael Fung who worked together on this project. For their capstone project, Thanuja and Rachael created a brochure that maps free and low-cost food options in Guelph and accessible bus or walking routes to reach them. The brochure will be made into a map that will be hung at Chalmers Community Services Centre, so that they can direct their guests to where else they can go to get free and low-cost healthy food around Guelph.

The award for group projects includes:

  • A one-time cash award of $1,500.00
  • A three-year license for various Esri software products and subscription to developer programs
  • A selection of books
  • Registration for two instructor-led training courses
  • Registration for one of Esri Canada’s user conferences
  • A personal and editable profile in the Esri Canada GIS Scholarship Web Portal

Congratulations to Thanuja and Rachael on their hard work!

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