Saturday, 10 December 2011

Call for Abstracts for ASPRS SAC Student Summer Conference

1st Annual ASPRS Student Advisory Council Summer Conference

Call for Abstracts

Are you performing research in the field of geospatial science and plan on conducting an oral or poster presentation on your topic? We would like to provide a peer forum for you to present, and maybe gather some experience to gain comfort in front of an audience while sharing your research. We encourage you to present your research at the 1st Annual ASPRS Student Advisory Council Summer Conference on June 10-16th, 2012 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The topic of your research should be related to Multi-source Geospatial Data Fusion, but other topics will also be considered for presentation.

Deadline for abstracts: February 24th, 2012

Notification for authors: March 28th, 2012

Deadline for full papers: May 27th, 2012

Deadline for presentation materials: May 27th, 2012

Abstracts should be submitted with the contact information, corresponding author(s) name(s) and e-mail address. To submit your abstract go to:

Want to attend this conference? Be sure to check the ASPRS Student Advisory Council pages for announcements!

Student Newsletter:

Facebook page:

Google Group:

LinkedIn Group:

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

How to participate in the UN crowdsourcing opportunity

Exciting volunteer opportunity! Would you like to be a part of the UN crowdsourcing for manual imagery analysis in Somalia? The pilot project started at 12:00 (noon) EST on November 4th and will run through 12:00 (noon) EST on November 10th.

Here are three ways you can participate:

1. Join the Crisis Mappers Standby Task Force (SBTF) ( and, once logged onto the SBTF site join the "satellite team" where you will find links and information about the current deployment. You can sign up to receive e-mail updates.

2. You can volunteer without joining the SBTF as well. The rule-set and workflow for the pilot are posted on this Google document: and the URL for the TomNod platform where the work will be done is

3. Work with your ASPRS student chapter to organize a Crisis Mapping event (e.g. contact Chris Strother at UGA or Lawrence Jefferson at GMU) or use any existing student group framework that exists at your university (e.g. contact Nadia Hasham of Columbia University).

If you would like to participate please contact Patrick Meier via Skype (patrickmeierskype). He will add you to the Skype Chat for Somalia II. The Skype chat is a critical resource throughout the pilot - it is where all the volunteers connect to exchange questions and answers. If you have any other questions please contact Shadrock Roberts at shadrock(dot)roberts(at)gmail(dot)com or skype shadrock(dot)roberts.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

UN Volunteer Crowdsource Opportunity

The fighting and famine in Somalia have displaced enormous numbers of people in an area where access to the ground is very difficult. The UN needs reliable population estimates to begin the logistical planning for response: remote sensing is one way to achieve this.

The SAC is currently working with Shadrock Roberts (University of Georgia) and Patrick Meier (Director of Crisis Mapping for Ushahidi) to crowdsource the manual interpretation of imagery in Somalia for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Digital Globe is donating imagery which will be served out as small tiles in the free, easy-to-use Tomnod platform. Volunteers will follow a provided rule-set and try to identify as many structures as possible in a 5-day period. You can learn more about the effort from Patrick's blog entry here:

If you would like to help out the UN, you can contribute to the project in your ASPRS student chapter or as an individual! This project is expected to occur in early November.

More information about the dates and how to participate will be distributed shortly. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please email: Laura Calandra, SAC Communications Councilor at

Many thanks from all of us for helping to improve the humanitarian response to Somalia!

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

ASPRS Student Volunteer Opportunity!

Pecora 18 Symposium - Student Volunteer Opportunity!

When: November 13-17, 2011

Where: Herndon, Virginia

Attention all student members of ASPRS!

If you have not already done so, plan now to attend this conference as a Student Volunteer and pay NO registration fee.

If you are a student at an accredited college/university and would like to attend this conference without paying the required conference registration fee, consider serving as a Student Volunteer. Note, volunteers are responsible for all other expenses including travel, accommodations and meals.

The Conference Volunteer Coordinator is looking for Student Volunteers to help from Sunday, November 13 – Thursday, November 17, 2011. In exchange for the opportunity to attend the General and Technical Sessions, visit the Exhibit Hall, and enjoy the Exhibitor's Reception, Student Volunteers will be required to work at least 8 hours during the conference.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about the geospatial field, meet some of the top names in the industry, and explore job possibilities; you are encouraged to bring your resumé as a special area will be set aside for resumé postings. In addition, the ASPRS Student Advisory Council has organized a Student-Employer Meet and Greet and informal evenings out for students during the conference.

If you are interested in attending as a volunteer, fill out an application and send it in.

Also, see the description of Volunteer Tasks.

All applications must be submitted by e-mail to the Conference Volunteer Coordinator, Rakesh Malhotra, at Please include ASPRS Volunteer Program in the Subject Line of all e-mail correspondence. Assignments will be made on a first come basis.

Here is a timeline for the Student Volunteer process:

Application Deadline: October 17, 2011

Student Volunteer work schedules announced: the last week in October

Please note: This message is being sent to all ASPRS Student Members and faculty.

ASPRS Scholarships!

Don't forget to apply for the 2011-2012 ASPRS Scholarships! Deadline is October 17, 2011.

For a list of awards, visit

For award application instructions, visit

Good luck!


Friday, 30 September 2011

The 2nd Annual ASPRS GeoLeague Challenge Announcement!


The 2nd Annual ASPRS GeoLeague Competition is here!

Create a group of 5 or more ASPRS student members and get ready to use all of your geospatial talents to find a solution to this year's wetlands inventory challenge!

THE COMPETITION HAS BEGUN, and solutions will be presented at the 2012 Annual ASPRS Conference in Sacramento, California. Prizes will be awarded to the groups that come up with the most effective and creative solutions!

Registration ends November 30th, 2011.

Follow these steps to register your group now!

1. Download the GeoLeague Team Registration Form
2. Email the completed registration form to the Student Advisory Council Deputy Chair, Adam Benjamin (

Challenge specifics and parameters will be posted here in early October. Feel free to email the SAC Deputy Chair with any questions.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Open Student Advisory Council Position

The ASPRS Student Advisory Council (SAC) is looking for talented and motivated students to join us in being the student voice of ASPRS!

The SAC is a group of students committed to serving all of the student members of ASPRS. Our goal is to ensure that ASPRS is a society that both benefits from student involvement and creates opportunities for those students.

We currently have 1 position open: (for full descriptions please click here: SAC Positions)

Networking Councilor (serves for 1 year)

If you are interested in joining the SAC please fill out the application form
and send it with a cover letter and your resume to our current chair, Devon Bourland ( and Kim Tilley (, our ASPRS Staff Liaison.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

New Student Chapter and Forum in the Potomac region

A new ASPRS Student Chapter and Forum in honor of Dr. Frederick Doyle at George Mason University (GMU) was initiated in December 2010. Following is an announcement from their group:

Northern Virginia and the broader Washington D.C. area is a locus of advances in remote sensing and geospatial sciences in the United States, and we at GMU are fortunate that there are many nearby government, corporate and academic institutions which are active in this field. We, the students of the Geography and Geoinformation Science Department at George Mason University, felt that it would be appropriate to establish an ASPRS student chapter at our university so that we may be more active participants in this exciting field.
The process of establishing the chapter/forum began in fall 2009 and by the start of fall 2010 all the necessary paperwork was ready for the new organization. We are grateful for the support and assistance we received from our faculty and the board of directors of the ASPRS Potomac Region.

Although we were officially recognized by the university in December, we had already begun our activities in September. We have held monthly meetings, and helped promote student attendance at the GeoTech conference organized by the ASPRS Potomac Region. We participated in the 2010 GIS Day at George Mason University with a booth promoting our organization, and we had several students sign up as new members. Currently, there are more than fifty student members participating in our Chapter/Forum.

Our plans for future activities include meetings, research seminars, technical tours, maintaining a wiki website, technical workshops, and networking with students and faculty from outside of our department and university who share the same interests. We are planning research seminars where graduate students and/or those who have already graduated may present their research, dissertation or thesis topic whether it is finished, in progress or in the idea stage. In addition to participating in the technical tours organized by the Potomac Region ASPRS, we plan to organize technical tours to nearby industries and government agencies. Technical tours are an exceptionally valuable opportunity for students to gain knowledge about their field of interest and to network with potential employers. We have created a wiki website where all our members can add valuable information about research interests, activities, data sources, and information that helps us all succeed in research and academia. Since many of the GMU student are employed full-time and commute to classes after their workday has ended, a wiki website is a valuable option for student and faculty to communicate with one another and share their common interests in research, academia and industry. We are in the beginning stages of creating this wiki site therefore all constructive ideas and information are welcome and highly appreciated. We always encourage new ideas that will enhance our organization.

Katarina Doctor
PhD Student
Earth Systems and Geoinformation Science

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

National Geospatial Technology Skills Competition

The GeoTech Center is delighted to announce the National Geospatial Technology Skills Competition for students. Their campaign is to educate the industry about the new Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) recently published by the Department of Labor. 6 winners will get a $2000 stipend to attend and participate in the 2011 Esri International Conference.

The following link provides access to a webinar explaining the competition as well as the application form.

Workshop on Advanced LiDAR Data Processing and Applications

Students and young professionals working with remote sensing, GIS and in related Geosciences fields are invited to participate in the 6th International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Student Consortium (SC) Summer School. The week long school will focus on LiDAR (aerial and terrestrial) and its applications.

The highlights of this week long workshop:

  • Low registration fee ($150 for ASPRS members and ISPRS-SC members; $200 for others) that includes lodging and meals for one week
  • Instructors are LiDAR experts from Europe and the United States
  • Lectures on theory, concepts, and applications of LiDAR with hands on exercises
  • Young author session and paper presentation
  • A full day excursion to Wilmington or Myrtle Beach
  • Technical trip to Raleigh, NC for demonstrations of LiDAR projects
  • Chance to meet and interact with students/young professionals from around the world
  • First ISPRS SC Summer School in the United States
More information about the workshop, the preliminary program, and registration information are available on the official summer school website (

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

GeoLeague Challenge

The First Annual ASPRS GeoLeague Challenge is now closed. Presentations will occur at the Annual Conference in Milwaukee on Wednesday, May 3rd at 9:15 am. For details, see the link below:

Thanks to all that applied!

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

NASA’s DEVELOP Summer 2011 Internship Program

NASA is pleased to annouce its DEVELOP Summer 2011 Internship Program for undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Computer Science, Earth Science, Natural Resource Management, Mathmatical Modeling, Geology, Biology, and Environmental Engineering. This is a paid 10-week internship program located at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California that begins June 6, 2011 (for semester system) or June 13 (for quarter system).

DEVELOP is a NASA Science Mission Directorate Applied Sciences Program that fosters human capital development to extend science research to local communities. Student teams research NASA science capabilities relevant to community concerns, create and complete projects using remote sensing and GIS techniques, and create advanced computer generated visualizations demonstrating research results. The activities are student-led, with mentors from NASA and partner organizations.

A stipend will be provided for selected students. Housing for students coming from outside the area will be provided and is located near the DEVELOP facilities, with accessible public transportation. The Program also covers per diem and other travel costs for fieldwork conducted during the Program. Applications must be postmarked by Monday February 28, 2011. Interviews will be conducted shortly after applications are received. Students selected for a summer 2011 DEVELOP internship will be notified by late April.

For further information on the DEVELOP Internship Program at NASA Ames Research Center, please access the National Program website at:

Please don’t hesitate to phone or email the contact below for more information or clarification.

Michelle Newcomer

Ames Center Lead-Student Manager
DEVELOP Internship Program
NASA Ames Research Center: MS 242-4
Moffett Field, CA 94087

Saturday, 1 January 2011

GeoLeague challenge announcement

The GeoLeague Challenge is underway! Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate in this competition. The deadline for registration is January 15, 2011. Please use the following link to find more information about this challenge.