Des Plaines, IL (September 9, 2021) URISA is pleased to announce that Josiah Burkett and Samantha Strang are the recipients of 2021 Dr. Marilyn O’Hara Ruiz Young Professional Scholarships. This scholarship fund was established in 2018 and honors Dr. Marilyn Ruiz. During Dr. Ruiz's career at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she provided her undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students with excellent research experiences in her laboratory which helped them to have successful careers in academia, government, and industry. Marilyn was passionate about her role as a mentor of graduate education.
The scholarship fully supports young professional participation in URISA’s GIS-Pro annual conference, fostering their professional connections and educational development.
- Demonstrated work and/or research within the GIS (or related) industry
- Quality of responses to essay questions
- Impact of work, contributions to the GIS field
- Letter of recommendation
URISA established the Dr. Marilyn O'Hara Ruiz Young Professional Scholarship program which selects up to two young professionals (35 years old or younger) to attend GIS-Pro in-person. The scholarship application is rigorous and the evaluation committee appreciates the effort and detail with which all candidates presented their qualifications....
|Josiah Burkett is a GIS Analyst for GeoTechVision in Kingston, Jamaica. He is an active member of URISA’s Vanguard Cabinet and|