2017 Student Poster & Paper Competition

On April 6, 2017 IMAGIN hosted 18 undergraduate posters and three graduate paper presentations as students vied for scholarship monies.  While braving some unique Michigan weather, students converged on Lansing Community’s College’s West Campus.   The morning saw the undergraduate poster display which was held in conjunction with the State of Michigan’s GIS User Group meeting.  Students had the opportunity to compare their work to other posters from around the state and also partake in a professional meeting that draws GIS professionals from around the region.  This year, IMAGIN secured $1,000 of purse money to be distributed to the winners of the poster competition.  The judges broke the posters up into two categories: posters that utilize GIS, and poster that utilize remote sensing.

In the afternoon, three graduate level students presented their work to our judge panel.  The top three paper finishers receive a complimentary IMAGIN membership, registration to our annual conference, and the opportunity to present their work at the conference.  The first place finisher also receives a $1,000 scholarship.  The results from the paper competition are below:

2017 SPPC Event Pictures

IMAGIN's 2017 SPPC Judging Panel: 
   Claudia Walters: University of Michigan, Dearborn 
   Ashton Shortridge: Michigan State University
   Mary Clinthorne: Aquinas College
   Michael Battaglia: Michigan Tech Research Institute 

IMAGIN's 2017 SPPC Planning Team:
   Andrew Giguere: Team Chair
   Pete Schneider
   Diane O'Connell
   Kathleen Stack

Facilities & Event Assistance Provided By:
Lansing Community College
   Rebecca Rodgers, Lindsay Luoma, Dennis Pipper, Jim Lynch and Cristen Mushong

State of Michigan CSSTP
   Everett Root, Nan Ewald, Ulrika Zay

2017 IMAGIN Student Paper Competition Results

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Graduate Paper Presenter and Paper Title
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1st Place - $1,000 Winner:
Ben Fraser, Michigan State University

Chicago's Urban Forest: Applying Supervised and Unsupervised Classification Methods 

Fadi Alhomaidat
Western Michigan University
Analyzing Grand Rapids' Pedestrian Crash Data Spatially

Presentation Not Recorded
Queen Umeana
Eastern Michigan University
Wetland Restoration in Michigan
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You can view all of the 2017 IMAGIN SPPC Presentations in a YouTube Playlist



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2017 IMAGIN Student Poster Competition Results

Poster Author and Title
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Best Utilization of Remote Sensing Data
1st Place - $300 Winner
Justin Brown, University of Michigan Dearborn
Looking for Evidence of Ancient Wet Environments on Mars
Best Utilization of GIS
1st Place Tie - $300 Winner
Madeline Jazdzyk & Montana Kruske, Lake Superior State University
Applying DRASTIC Methods to the State of Michigan Assessing Groundwater Vulnerability
1st Place Tie - $300 Winner 
Isaac Entz, Grand Valley State University
Analysis of Sinkhole Development in the Floridian Aquifer System
3st Place Tie - $100 Winner 
Ross DiFalco, Michigan State University
Agricultural Drainage Tile Density Compared to Natural Soil Drainage
The Following Poster Competitors are listed in Alphabetical Order by Last Name and the order does not indicate any position or scoring Click Poster to View Full Size
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Peter Anderson, Cade LaLonde, Michael Flowers & Nick Kamyszek
Ferris State University
Accuracy Assessment of UAV Data at Different Flying Heights
Alex Christie
University of Michigan - Dearborn
Improving Usability of State Game Areas with the Use of GIS and Web-Mapping;
Pointe Mouillee State Game Area
Damien Finkbeiner
Northern Michigan University
Michigan's Upper Peninsula Forest and Park Landcover

Brian Giroux
University of Michigan - Dearborn
Urban Patterns on Watershed Shape and Stream Network:
A Case Study of Conformity Within the Rouge River Watershed
Rebecca King & Matt Wierenga
Calvin College
Predicting Slope Stability After Tree Removal in a Coastal Dune Environment
Matthew MacDonald, Andy Fontana, & Tarik Ceric 
Ferris State University
Comparative Study Between Three LiDAR Registration Techniques
Stacey Murphy
Aquinas College
Spatial Patterns in Michigan's 2016 Presidential Voting
Grace Nicholas
Eastern Michigan University
Mapping the Effects of Climate Change on the Great Lakes using GIS
Denise Peterson
Grand Valley State University
Modelling Cougar Dispersal in the Midwest
Dylan Postma
Grand Valley State University
Impact of Bark Beetles on the Health of California Forests
Jacob Rumschlag
Grand Valley State University
Determining the Spatial Distribution of Grand Rapids' Urban Forest
and its Effect on Home Value 

Emily St. Clair
Lansing Community College
Predicting Archaeological Sites Using GIS

Alec Tostige, Alec Sparks and Alex Christie
University of Michigan - Dearborn
Detroit Housing: An Analysis of Land Ownes and Land Sale Price

Lillian Ward
Aquinas College
Organic Farms & Farmers Markets in Michigan


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