Growing up in Australia, Patrick Droste saw Canada as a totally different world. After a few years of travelling, and skiing, he settled in B.C. with his wife and soon found a job with the B.C. Wildfire Service. He is currently enrolled in the Advanced Diploma in GIS program at Selkirk College, where his complex ModelBuilder model to assess wildfire risk for buildings helped him win an Esri Canada GIS Scholarship.
The Esri Young Scholars Award celebrates the achievements in geospatial sciences of students around the world. Past winners in Canada have been involved in such diverse research as examining air pollution exposure, evaluating global conservation priorities, and conducting spatiotemporal analyses of kelp distribution. If you are a full-time student at a college or university in Canada and think you have what it takes to be Canada’s 10th Esri Young Scholar, submit your application by April 23, 2021.
Esri Young Scholars are an exemplary group of students who, in normal years, meet in San Diego at the Esri UC and form connections that last well beyond the conference. This year’s Esri Young Scholar from Canada, Spencer Elford, will not have the opportunity to travel, but he will still get to meet Young Scholars from around the world at the virtual UC.
As part of the requirements to receive an Esri Canada GIS scholarship, students must submit a poster and report on a project that uses Esri technology. While there is always a broad range of topics among the submissions, sometimes there is one that stands out more than others. Such is the case with François Veillette’s CartoChamp! project, a proposed app for amateur mycologists. Find out more about François’ app idea and what led him to study GIS.
Esri Canada’s GIS scholarships recognize strong, multi-disciplinary geospatial programs and each cohort of winners includes students with a broad range of research interests. But even in that diverse group, the 2019 recipient from Lakehead University, Stephanie Potter, stands out. Having completed a double degree, one an Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation with a minor in Women’s Studies and the other a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, she is currently enrolled in the Master of Environmental Studies program. Find out what connections she made among these different programs and how Stephanie hopes to use her skills and knowledge to empower others.
This year’s top-ranked students are four women who explore different aspects of conservation and sustainability in their research. Find out who they are and the work that they are passionate about.
Over the next few months, colleges and universities across Canada will be selecting their 2019 Esri Canada GIS Scholarship recipients from among their students who are learning GIS and applying it in a broad range of disciplines. Find out more about this program and how one of the 2018 recipients has been making use of his award.
Every year, students from around the world who have been selected as their country’s Esri Young Scholar travel to San Diego to attend the Education Summit and Esri User Conferences. For Canada’s Esri Young Scholar Anne Provencher St-Pierre, it was a rewarding experience to meet, share with and learn from this diverse group.