Geography students earn outstanding student awards

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(DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)
This month, the Illinois Geographic Information Systems Association named DePaul students Brooke Robinson and Alex Temes as recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Student Award. The award honors undergraduate students who include geographic information systems in their course of study and demonstrate an exemplary understanding of GIS and overall success in their academic work.

Robinson, a senior at DePaul, has spent the last two summers working on projects in Georgia, contributing both to the Georgia Coastal and Marine Planner at Georgia Institute of Technology, and assisting the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. Her studies led her to investigate issues of housing affordability and gentrification through the application of state-of-the-art geographic information systems technology and data visualization.

Temes, also a senior, applied his skills in geography to the field of emergency management. Though currently an intern with the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region V in Chicago, Temes has also pursued internships in Arizona, taking the skills to both the Mesa Fire and Medical Department's Technical Services Division and to the planning department in Gilbert, Ariz.

The Illinois Geographic Information Systems Association is the only statewide organization of GIS/geospatial professionals in Illinois. With more than 500 active members, the organization aims to advance the understanding, communication and effectiveness of geospatial technology across the state of Illinois.