Submissions Now Open for the Davis Center Prize for GIS Projects in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies

Nathaniel Erb-Satullo, a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at Harvard University, presents his project, "From Micrometers to Kilometers: Integrating Spatial and Chemical Datasets in the Study of Metal Production in the South Caucasus c. 1500-500 BC," at the Annual Conference of the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University on May 1, 2015. Photo: K. Cohen.

Monday, April 3, 2017

To support innovative applications of technology in advancing regional studies, the Davis Center will award a prize for the best geographic information systems (GIS) project relevant to Russian, East European, and Central Asian studies.

This prize is offered in conjunction with the Howard T. Fisher Prize for Excellence in Geographic Information Science and the Annual Conference of the Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA), which will take place at Harvard University April 27–28, 2017. The theme of this year's conference is "The Drone Revolution in Spatial Analysis" (but poster projects can be on any topic).

Submissions will be accepted in the form of PDF posters. To be eligible for the Davis Center prize, entries must have a substantial regional component, and participants must be present for the duration of the poster session from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28. The best submission will receive an award of $500. All submitted entries will be published on the Davis Center and CGA websites with the author's permission.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017. Interested Harvard students should apply via the Fisher Prize website. All other individuals wishing to display a poster should contact poster exhibit coordinator Jeff Blossom for details on uploading a poster and note their interest in the Davis Center prize.  

In 2015 the prize was awarded to Nathaniel Erb-Satullo, a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at Harvard University, for his project, "From Micrometers to Kilometers: Integrating Spatial and Chemical Datasets in the Study of Metal Production in the South Caucasus c. 1500–500 BC." In 2014 the prize was awarded to Ana Maria Quirós, a candidate for the Master in Design Studies degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, for her project, "The Energy Empire Shifts East: An Analysis of Siberian Urbanization Processes." And in 2013 the prize was awarded to Anya Domlesky and Martin Pavlinic, both candidates for the degree of master in landscape architecture at the School of Design, for their project, "The 'Least Mapped Place in the World': Urban Present and Projection in an Arctic Watershed."

Detailed information about the CGA Conference and the Fisher Prize is available on the CGA website. For inquiries about the Davis Center prize specifically, please contact Sarah Failla, sfailla@fas.harvard.edu, 617-496-5684.