Although we were disappointed not to be able to honor Montana GIS students in general and particularly our MAGIP Higher Education Scholarship awardees at this year’s Big Sky GeoCon, we would like to share some success stories with you now.
This year MAGIP was fortunate to receive a record number of high-quality scholarship applications from Doctoral, Master, and Bachelor degree candidates at both the University of Montana and Montana State University.
While we would like to support all submitted projects, which included work on snow science, unmanned aerial systems and photogrammetry, wetlands and riparian systems assessment, geological hazards analysis, agricultural systems analysis and pest management, we worked long and hard to identify and award four scholarships, distributed to two Doctoral students, one Master’s degree student, and one Bachelor degree student. Below are the names, institutions, and project descriptions of those well-deserving awardees.
Seth Mangini, PhD student
Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University“Southwestern Wetlands: Erosion, Geomorphology, and Implications for Restoration”
Sasha Loewen, PhD student
Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Montana State University“Data driven adaptive management of organic dryland cropping systems”
Zachary Miller, MS student
Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University“Mapping Snow Depth Variability in Complex Mountain Terrain Using UAS and SfM Photogrammetry”
Lochlin Ermatinger, Bachelor degree student
Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Montana State University
“Developing Spatial Tools and Methods for Integrated Pest Management of the Wheat Stem Sawfly (Cephus cinctus) in Montana’s Golden Triangle”
For more information you can read the Project Abstracts
Congratulations to each of the recipients!
Robert Ahl, PhD
MAGIP Education Committee Chair
Notice: The 2020 Big Sky GeoCon has been Canceled
MAGIP will issue a full refund for registration and workshop fees
Please contact the Holiday Inn Downtown to cancel your hotel reservation
Letter from Jenny Connelley, MAGIP President
The Montana Association of Geographic Professionals (MAGIP) biannually presents two awards. The Distinguished Service Award is presented for long-term service and leadership to the Montana GIS community and the GIS profession. The GIS Professional Livability Award recognizes an individual's measurable contribution to the application of GIS, thus improving the quality of life within their community.
Submit your nomination!
The deadline for submission has been extended to February 24, 2020
If you plan to submit multiple nominations, please create a separate submission for each. Each nomination requires a one-page letter of nomination, two references who also support the nomination, and any supporting documentation.
The awards will be presented during the Big Sky GeoCon dinner on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in Missoula.
On behalf of MAGIP Awards Committee, we look forward to hearing from you!
Applicants for the Distinguished Service Award must:
Have substantial years of service (10+) in or supporting the Montana GIS Community and a desire to continue to serve
Displays exemplary accomplishments as a GIS Professional, selfless service to the profession and participation in committees, workgroups, and organizations that support the Montana geospatial community
Has an impact within and / or external to the realm of the member's workplace
Undertakes and leads activities that benefit the GIS Community outside of regular job responsibilities
Demonstrates initiative, resourcefulness and creativity and is willing to seek out and pursue new challenges that benefit the Montana GIS Profession
Acknowledged by his / her peers for leadership and substantial service to the profession and community
Applicants for the Livability Award must:
Additional information and Past Award Recipients can be found on the MAGIP Awards page
Questions? Contact the Professional Development Committee Chair
MAGIP is now accepting applications for the 2020 MAGIP Higher Education GIS Scholarships and K-12 Education Grants!
Applications are due March 15, 2020
Contact the Education Committee Chair for more information.
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Call for Presentations!
The 2020 Big Sky GeoCon Committee and the Montana Association of Geographic Professionals (MAGIP) invite you to participate in the presentation of papers, electronic demonstrations and/or panel discussions. With information geared to both new and seasoned users of geospatial technology, the conference is a great opportunity to share, connect, collaborate and be inspired. We encourage you to share your expertise, projects, stories or explorations in any GIS-related field. To learn more and submit your presentation, click here.
Call for Web Maps and Posters!
The 2020 Big Sky GeoCon Committee and the Montana Association of Geographic Professionals (MAGIP) invite you to participate in the Map/Poster Gallery at the 2020 Big Sky GeoCon.
The MAGIP Community has demonstrated many creative and insightful ways through maps, other graphical forms, and the web for getting their message out to their audience. If you have created posters or web maps that you are proud of and would like to share with a large group of GIS professionals, the Map Gallery would be a perfect opportunity to show them to the MAGIP community. We encourage you to enter your maps and web mapping applications to the Map Gallery, for display at this year’s conference! All entries will be evaluated for possible cash awards totaling $700 by judges during the conference. To learn more and submit your web map or poster, click here.
For more conference information, click here
1st Place - Broomfield, CO Walkability Tool (Nick Swartz)
2nd Place - 4th Largest State in US Has 44th Largest Population (Bobbi Johnson)
Tie for 3rd Place - Gallatin County Historical Plat Book Viewer (Dylan Olin) &
Lewis and Clark County, MT Open Lands Program (Lewis and Clark County Staff)
Don’t miss your chance to participate in the 2020 Big Sky GeoCon scheduled for April 6-9, 2020 in Missoula, Montana!
Please see the 2020 Sponsor Prospectus for all of the sponsorship opportunities.
Contact Michelle Quinn with any questions or if you would like to take advantage of a sponsor opportunity for the 2020 Big Sky GeoCon!
We hope to see you there!
2020 Big Sky GeoCon Coordinator
Email Michelle or call her at: (406) 625-7060
Announcing that Brandy Holstein (Montana Department of Revenue) has accepted the role of Professional Development Committee Chair on the MAGIP Board of Directors effective August 20, 2019.
At the last MAGIP Board meeting held July 16, 2019 two new board members were appointed to the MAGIP Board of Directors for the term of July 2019 - May 2021:
Welcome to our new Board Members!
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