I am writing to share the winners of the third annual Summer of Maps fellowship program. We have selected three GIS students from The University of Pennsylvania, Clark University, and Colgate University to receive a $5,000 stipend to perform pro bono geospatial analysis work for non-profits over the summer. The program is sponsored by Azavea with additional financial support from Esri and The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design.
Out of 125 student applications that came from all over the country, we selected Tim St. Onge, Masters of Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment, Clark University; Amory Hillengas, Masters of Urban Spatial Analytics, Community and Economic Development, University of Pennsylvania; and Jenna Glat, B.A. in Geography and Spanish, Colgate University.
Summer of Maps serves the important role of providing free geospatial analysis to non-profits that might not otherwise have the resources for such work, while providing real professional experience to GIS students. The program focuses on implementing geospatial data analysis projects that will have civic and social impact. This unique national program organized and administered by a company is an important part of Azavea’s civic and social mission as a B Corporation.
Last summer, three students from Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College and Clark University worked on projects for the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC), the Sunlight Foundation, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Texas Trees Foundation, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, and the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. One of these organizations, DVAEYC, used maps produced by 2013 Fellow, Lena Ferguson, to win $ 1 million in new funding from the Philadelphia City Council and the William Penn Foundation.
This summer, Tim St. Onge will be working with DataHaven to analyze the relationships between neighborhood indicators in the greater New Heaven and Valley Region; he will also work with the Community Design Collaborative at using spatial analysis to prioritize design grants in Philadelphia.
Amory Hillengas will conduct an analysis of funding resources and program adoption of GirlStart in Central Texas; she will also work with City Harvest at analyzing the retail food access in low income communities to measure the need for and impact of City Harvest’s programs.
Jenna Glat will conduct an analysis of land cover change in Los Angeles area for TreePeople and will measure energy efficiency of Philadelphia’s building stick for The Consortium for Building Energy Innovation.
From June to August 2014, the winning non-profit organizations will be able to:
- Receive pro bono services from a skilled student GIS analyst to geographically analyze their data
- Visualize their data in new ways
- Combine their data with other demographic and geographic data
- Receive high quality maps that can be used to support new initiatives or make a case to prospective funders
The fellows will:
- Work on spatial analysis projects that support the social missions of two non-profit organizations
- Work with Azavea mentors to improve their GIS and project management skills
- Receive a monthly stipend
- Gain work experience implementing real-world GIS projects
For more information, please check http://summerofmaps.com/