It is with great pleasure that the Boston College Libraries announce the winners of the 11th Annual Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Contest at Boston College. This year we added a new category for digital maps in addition to the traditional poster category. A special thanks to the students who completed and submitted their work during this time of global crisis!
In the category for Poster by a graduate student:
-First place award of a $100 Amazon Gift Card to: Xinyi Zeng, Geology, for “Anthropogenic Drivers for Actively Expanding Pearl River Delta from 1990 to 2019.”
-Second place award of a $50 Amazon Gift Card to: Ashley Parry, Sociology, for “Racial and Class Disparities in Access to Child Care: A Case Study of Boston.”
In the category for Digital Map by a graduate student:
First place award of a $100 Amazon Gift Card to: Megan Kopp, Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, for “Surficial geologic map and cross-section of the Ellisburg and Sandy Creek, New York quadrangles”
In the category for Digital Map by an undergraduate student:
-First place award of a $100 Amazon Gift Card to:
Mary Su, International Studies/MCAS, for “Paying for Livelihood.”
Awards were based on map quality, use of GIS as a research tool and originality. Special consideration was given to topics exploring diversity and inclusion.
During the month of May, the O’Neill Library digital display (by the POP collection) will showcase a selection of data visualizations created by undergraduate and graduate student award recipients from the 10th annual GIS Mapping contest. Past winning posters can be found in the university Institutional Repository, eScholarship@BC, under the category Juried Student Work. The entries of our newest winners will join this distinguished group.
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.”
Krisztina Horvath, Economics, MCAS, graduate prize: “Adverse Selection in Health Insurance Marketplaces: A Spatial Analysis.”
Kaylie Danials ‘19, Political Science, MCAS, undergraduate prize: “Socioeconomic Status as an Indicator of Attention Deficit/Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder Prevalence in Youth Aged 4-17.”
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.”
During the month of May, the O’Neill Library digital display (by the POP collection) will showcase a selection of data visualizations created by Boston College faculty, students, and staff. This month we are also including the winning visualizations from the 9th annual GIS Mapping contest. Each source is linked to the original site (when available) where you can further explore the associated data, visualization, or literature.
Mapping Chaucer. The Canterbury Tales – Dr. Eric Weiskott (English Department) created a map tour, in MediaKron, of the frame narrative of the Canterbury Tales with his ENGL3393: Chaucer course.
Seamus Connolly Collection Network – Anna Kijas (Digital Scholarship Librarian) visualizes the relationships between the musicians in the Seamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music. The network graph was created in Gephi and rendered with the SigmaJS library.
Global Boston – Eras of Migration – Dr. Marilynn Johnson (History Department) highlights different periods in Boston’s immigration history in a timeline built with TimelineJS.
GIS Poster winners
- Iran’s 2018 Protests: Spatial Diffusion, Socio-Economics, and Climate Change (Abolfazl Sotoudeh-Sherbaf, Sociology) First place graduate winner.
- The Plight of the Rohingya Refugee: Assessing current and predicted health and sanitation challenges (Michaela Simoneau, ‘18, International Studies, Biology/MCAS) First place undergraduate winner.
- Evaluating the Impact of Dams on Sediment Transport Pattern in the Main Stem of Parker River (Xinyi Zeng, Geology) Second place graduate winner.
- Surveillance of Leading Chronic Diseases in Allston-Brighton (Gabby Bouchard ‘18, Biology/MCAS) Second place undergraduate winner.
- Who Gets What It takes to be “Culinary Omnivores”? A Spatial Analysis of Race and Cuisine Diversity based on Yelp Restaurants” (Ruilin Chen, Sociology) Third place graduate winner.
- Limitation of Movement and Access to Health Sites in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, Palestine (Emily Janin ’18, Psychology/MCAS) Third place undergraduate winner.