US: The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) announced the recipients of its 2010 Scholarship Program. This year, the Foundation awarded USD 86,000 to 19 recipients. Four Ph.D. candidates, six master’s students, six undergraduates and three graduating high school seniors received scholarships from this year’s programme. High school recipients received USD 2,000 scholarships and all others received USD 5,000 scholarships.
Keith J. Masback, President, USGIF, said, “Our Foundation is playing a pivotal role in these students’ futures as well as that of the geospatial intelligence tradecraft.”
All scholarship recipients were chosen based on their academic and professional excellence in a field related to the geospatial intelligence tradecraft. Qualified candidates were selected by the Foundation’s Scholarship Subcommittee.
The 2010 Scholarship Program recipients are:
– Rick Crowsey works as a forensic geographer and is a doctoral student at the University of Southern Mississippi. His research focuses on spatial frequency-based information extraction from imagery and the intersection of spatial information and the law.
– Nicholas DiGruttolo holds a bachelor of science in geomatics, summa cum laude. He is a licensed professional surveyor and mapper.
– Sarah Eason is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in geography and GIS at Texas State University – San Marcos. She is most interested in mechanical and civil drawing disciplines.
– Alexander Gole is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in geography at the Université Paris Denis-Diderot VII.
– Kristin Hopper is an honours student at George Mason University, majoring in GIS and geographical science.
– Lauren Kaiser is a rising senior at the University of Maryland majoring in geography with minors in geographic information systems and Spanish.
– Nalishebo Kaunda obtained her bachelor’s of science in natural resource management and masters in geography from West Virginia University. She is currently a GIS analyst.
– Adam Kerr is a master’s candidate in Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.
– Daniel Ladd recently graduated from Lewisburg Area High School and is currently attending Middlebury College where he plans to major in geography and economics.
– Heather McColgan joined the US Army after graduating high school. She eventually began working as an EMT after being honourably discharged and received associates of applied science in radiology.
– Sterling Raehtz has received grants from the Department of Homeland Security, National Institute of Justice, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies for his research in point pattern analysis of terrorist events, Michigan State University, where he is currently pursuing his master’s degree.
– Shadrock Roberts is a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia. He has developed remote sensing methods for refugee camp population estimates as a fellow for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is exploring the use of crowd-sourced humanitarian information in Haiti.
– Kenneth Robertson focused in both geographic information science and computer science as an undergraduate. Currently he is working towards a master of science in GIS at Central Michigan University, as well as a graduate certification in data mining.
– Michael Ryan is a senior at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh pursuing a degree in geography with a minor in applied GIS.
– Ken Simmons is a second year student in the geographic information science master’s degree programme at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
– Christy Steffke is an undergraduate earth science honours scholar at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where she specialises and performs research in geomorphology, GIScience and remote sensing.
– Jennifer C. Veilleux is a Ph.D. candidate in the geosciences department of Oregon State University, focusing on water resource management.
– Narine Wandrey is a math and technology-oriented student who recently graduated from Claudia T. Johnson High School in San Antonio, Texas.
– Thomas Zumbado is a master’s student at the University of Utah.