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Six Purdue University students’ research projects were honored at the 2019 Purdue University GIS Day Conference. The students’ projects were reviewed by a panel of faculty and staff judges during the one-day event, which was held November 8 in Stewart Center. First-, second- and third-place winners received $100, $75, and $50 respectively.

The winning students and their projects are listed below.

2019 Purdue GIS Day Conference Undergraduate Research Project Winners

2019 Purdue GIS Day Conference Undergraduate Research Project Winners

Undergraduate Student Winners

  • First Place: Ryan Riley; major: aviation and transportation technology; project name: “Implementation of Unmanned Aerial Systems in Search and Rescue”
  • Second Place: Alan Pecor (Hammond, IN), senior, major: unmanned aerial systems [UAS]; project name: “Using GIS to Help Plan UAS Missions”
  • Third Place: Yi Qui (Echo) Yan (Shenzhen, China), senior, major: retail management; project name: “Mapping Post-Colonial Literature”
2019 Purdue GIS Day Conference Graduate Student Winners

2019 Purdue GIS Day Conference Graduate Student Winners

Graduate Students

  • First Place: Aishwarya Chandrasekaran (Chennai, India), master’s candidate: forestry and natural resources; project name: “UAS Imagery for Automatic Measurement of Tree Canopies in a Red Oak Plantation”
  • Second Place: Ana Morales (Quito, Ecuador), master’s candidate: agronomy; project name: “Effects of Removing Background Soil and Shadow Reflectance Pixels from RGB and NIR-based Vegetative Index Maps”
  • Third Place: Danielli De Melo Moura (Recife, Brazil), Ph.D. candidate: civil engineering; project name: “Soil Erosion Analysis of the Monroe county’s Watersheds in Indiana Using GIS”

Each year, the Purdue University GIS Day Conference is organized by Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies (PULSIS) Associate Professor and GIS Specialist Nicole Kong and GIS Instructional Coordinator Shirley Li, as well as a multidisciplinary team of faculty and staff from PULSIS and other departments on campus. Learn more at www.lib.purdue.edu/gis.