Our annual competition to find Canada’s Esri Young Scholar provides a snapshot of the type of research students are engaged in. An increasing number of applicants are using GIS to explore and address social issues. And like this year’s winner, Kailey Nichols, they have often been inspired by instructors, researchers, and analysts working in GIS.
How do you get the most out of attending the Esri User Conference? For Maja Kucharczyk, the answer seems to be to attend in as many different capacities as possible: as Canada’s Esri Young Scholar, a student assistant, and a presenter. It may keep you very busy, but that means you’ll have a lot left to see next year!
Esri Canada GIS Scholarship recipient. Esri Young Scholars Award winner. Completed Master’s degree in Geographic Information Systems and Science. And now, Urban Solutions Specialist at Esri Canada. For Kendra Munn, 2021 has been a very good year.
Of all the reasons one might have to learn GIS, studying ancient landscapes probably won’t come to mind for most people. Yet, software tools such as ArcGIS Field Maps, ArcGIS Drone2Map and ArcGIS Pro can help to capture, process and analyze data from archaeological excavations. Christine Davidson, the runner-up in this year’s Esri Young Scholars Award competition in Canada, taught herself to use GIS and works in collaboration with Patrick DeLuca at McMaster University as part of her PhD research in Classical Archaeology to document and analyze the landscape around an ancient Greek settlement in southern Italy.
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.
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.
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.