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GIS-Pro & CalGIS Student and Young Professional Opportunities


Student Volunteer Opportunities

Meet-Ups and Networking


In addition to meet-ups and networking events , URISA's Vanguard Cabinet of Young Professionals has teamed up with leaders in the education community to organize a valuable program track titled "Inspiring the Future of GIS".  

The track begins with a full-day workshop focused on "Preparing for GIS Certification".  The sessions are designed to 1) share GIS Education experiences and innovations across a variety of formats and 2) support young professionals and students in their geospatial career development. The student and YP sessions will provide opportunities to learn about and develop the skills and relationships that will advance their understanding of professional pathways and keys to success in the geospatial workplace.  

Further, they are sponsoring K-12 and University student competitions and a Young Professional competition! 

Win Prizes and Get Noticed!

K-12 Poster Competition


Projects will be judged on: 

  • Creative use of desktop, web, and/or mobile GIS applications
  • Application of spatial thinking and/or analysis to answer geographic questions or address spatial problems
  • Quality of cartographic design
  • Overall aesthetic of poster design

200 word abstract due by 9/10/2018: Send to urisavc@gmail.com with subject "K-12 Poster Submission"

K-12 Poster Competition Flyer for details

University Competition - Lightning Talks

Are you currently enrolled in college or a recent graduate? Consider participating in the University Competition, this year an ignite-style format aka lightning talk, limited to five minutes (20 slides auto-advanced at 15 seconds each). 

Judging criteria:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and proficiency in applying spatial thinking and geospatial techniques
  • Panel discussion describing project design, analysis and implementation
  • Overall presentation quality

150-200 word abstract due by 8/31/2018: Send to urisavc@gmail.com with subject "University Competition Submission"

University Competition Flyer for details

Young Professional Competition - Lightning Talks

If you weren't already accepted for a presentation at GIS-Pro & CalGIS 2018 and are a young professional (35 years of age or younger), consider sharing your project success story via an ignite-style format aka lightning talk, limited to five minutes (20 slides auto-advanced at 15 seconds each). 

Judging criteria:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and proficiency in spatial analytics and cartographic design and how their presentation uses Geospatial Science to help better the world.
  • Overall presentation quality

200-350 word abstract due by 8/31/2018: Send to urisavc@gmail.com with subject "Young Professional Competition Submission"

Young Professional Competition Flyer for details

Volunteer Opportunities

A limited number of volunteer slots are available for students currently enrolled in a college or university (or just-graduated). In return for devoting 8 hours of volunteer service (serving as a workshop monitor, helping out at the registration desk, etc.) selected volunteers will receive a free registration to GIS-Pro & CalGIS 2018. Note that travel and lodging is not included. 

In addition to taking advantage of the professional education and opportunity to explore various career paths at the event, you'll be able to network with people who may be interested in hiring you in the future or who might serve as your professional mentor!  Priceless!

Please complete the volunteer form for consideration by  August 31, 2018 (coming soon).

Young Professional and Student Meet-Ups and Networking

Be sure to take advantage of the events planned by URISA's Vanguard Cabinet while in Palm Springs.  You'll make new friends and valuable professional connections and have a great time! Also learn about Cabinet programs and activities and how you can apply.

Check this space for updates and invitations and follow @URISAVC 

Note that Student and Young Professional members also receive significant discounts on registration!

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