Master’s Thesis Research Grant

Enrolled Master’s students are invited to apply for the Cartography Specialty Group (CSG) Master’s Thesis Research Grants. These grants are intended to promote scholarly research in cartography by students enrolled in Geography or a related degree program. Grants are available up to a maximum of $500 and may be used for items necessary and relevant to research, such as travel, materials, equipment, and human subject fees. Deadlines for applications are March 15, June 15, and November 1 of each year. [application]

Past Winners

2016
  • Zihan Song, University of Wisconsin-Madison, advised by Robert Roth: “Studying Map-based Visual Storytelling: An Assessment of Emerging Genres and Tropes”
  • Kristen Vincent, University of Wisconsin-Madison, advised by Robert Roth: “The Role of Cartographic Interface Complexity on Spatial Decision-Making”
  • Bill Limpisathian, Pennsylvania State University, advised by Cynthia Brewer: “Towards ContrastBrewer: Evaluating visual contrast and hierarchy relations of cartographic features across multi-scale map displays”
2015
  • Rudy Omri, Department of Geography, University of Oregon, advised by Amy Lobben: “Where Neocartography & VGI Overlap: Examining the Spatial Variability of Twitter Data Representativeness”
  •  Jiayan Zhao, Department of Geography and Planning, University at Albany, SUNY, advised by Rui Li: “Using resizable icons to visualize distant landmarks on mobile devices”
2014
  • Meghan Kelly, Department of Geography, University of Kansas, advised by Margaret Pearce: “Mapping Syrian Refugee Border Crossings: A Critical Feminist Perspective”
  • Amy Lippus, Department of Geography, University of Montana, advised by Kevin McManigal: “The History and Evolution of North American Ski Resort Maps: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Past, Present, and Future”
  • Joel Radunzel, Department of Geography, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, advised by Mark Monmonier: “Position Mapping: Cartography, Intelligence, and the Third Battle of Gaza, 1917”
2011
  • Nicholas Perdue, Department of Geography, Michigan State University, advised by Kirk Goldsberry: “Mapping Personal Space”
  • Nicole Stotz, Department of Geography, San Diego State University, advised by Ming-Hsiang Tsou: “Adopting User-Center Design (UCD) Methods for Cloud-based GIS Mapping Services: A Usability Study of Google Fusion Table Mashups”
  • David Massey, Department of Geography, The Ohio State University, advised by Ola Ahlqvist : “Expert and Non-Expert Decision Making in a Participatory Game Simulation: A Farming Scenario in Athienou, Cyprus.”
  • Jennifer Smith, Department of Geography, San Diego State University, advised by Ming-Hsiang Tsou: “Effective Color Schemes for 3D Animations of Urban Landscapes with a Spatial and Temporal Dimension.”