Esri Canada Scholarships

      

Esri Canada Scholarship

 

Call for Applications: 2022 Esri Canada Scholarship Award

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO:  no later than Thursday, April 21, 2022 by 4 p.m.

This scholarship will encourage a graduate or senior undergraduate student to pursue studies and a potential career in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

The scholarship will be awarded to one Trent student on the basis of competitive evaluation of a poster and story map ( a summary report may be submitted instead of a Story Map)  that includes a significant GIS component using Esri technologies. 

The runner-up will be considered for an Esri Canada Higher Education GIS Award.  

1: Who can apply for the scholarship?

All graduate students and upper-year undergraduate students, from any discipline, who are currently enrolled at Trent University. Esri Canada requires that award recipients meet the following criteria:

  • Must have completed significant course work and/or research using Esri technology
  • Minimum B+ or equivalent in overall Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Must be able to meet deliverables requirements including submission of a poster and  story map (or summary report)  no later than Thursday, April 21, by 4 p.m.. See sections below for further details regarding requirements for deliverables.

2: What does the scholarship offer?

The scholarship offers a one-time cash payment of $1,000.00 as well as software, books, access to e-learning courses through the Esri Training site, Esri Canada instructor-led training and complimentary registration at one of Esri Canada's User Conferences. Further information on scholarship benefits. 

All Trent applicants will also be considered for a runner-up Esri Canada Higher Education GIS Award. This consists of a cash-only prize of $500.00. 

3: What documents must be submitted with my application?

The following information must be submitted with your application:

  • Contact information: First and Last Name, Mailing Address, Phone number, Trent Email Address
  • Current Enrolment Program
  • Resume / CV. Please include a section on  your  level of experience with components of the ArcGIS Platform 
  • Academic transcript (minimum B+ average in overall GPA). An unofficial transcript will be accepted.
  • Indicate clearly the dates you started at Trent University and the expected graduation year and term 
  • Provide the name of the Trent faculty member supervising your thesis or course work related to your submission  
  • A letter of recommendation from a Trent faculty advisor or Trent course instructor who is familiar with your work with GIS. The letter should be submitted directly by the advisor or faculty member to: Barbara Znamirowski, Chair, Trent Esri Canada Scholarship Committee, Email:  esrischolarships@trentu.ca  no later than Thursday, April 21 by 4 p.m.
  • A Poster demonstrating your use of Esri technologies for a particular research project or assignment. A Story Map or written report further describing the work in your poster.  Please see the sections below for further information on required specifications for the poster and story map (or summary report). 

Note: Posters are required, but a written report may be submitted instead of a Story Map

Winning posters and story maps / reports will be shared on Esri's and Trent's web site. Please only submit materials which can be shared publicly.  

One Trent student will be awarded the scholarship. In addition, the runner-up will be considered for the Esri Canada Higher Education GIS Award. Students receiving a the Esri Canada Higher Education GIS Award must provide the same information and supporting documents as scholarship recipients. This award consists of a cash-only prize of $500.00

4. What are the guidelines for poster submission?

All submissions must demonstrate your use of Esri Technologies. 

Poster Content 

Your poster should be creatively designed, use an appropriate colour scheme and contain well-made maps,  graphics and text that describe a project or research in which you used Esri technology. 

You must include your name, the name of your institution and an appropriate title. If it is a group project or you received input from other researchers, they should be acknowledged on the poster. However, you should only include logos of organizations that have directly contributed to the project or research.

Poster Specifications 

Your poster must be 24 inches wide by 36 inches high (61 cm x 91 cm, portrait orientation). All graphics should be of high enough quality for printing at this size, recommended minimum 300 dpi.

You must submit your poster as a PDF. You may also choose to upload an image of your poster in jpeg format to your profile. Note that there is a file size limit of 25 MB for uploads to Esri's web site. 

Further information on required poster specifications. 

Winning posters will be shared on Esri's and Trent's web site. Please only submit materials which can be shared publically. 

5. What are the format requirements for the Story Map (or summary report)?

Candidates are encouraged to submit their report as a story map instead of a written report. The content requirements are the same but the specifications are different.  

Specifications – Story Map

Your story map should contain a summary of your project or research goals, methodology and results that supports the content of your poster. You should include maps and other graphics as appropriate.

All sections in your story map should be an appropriate length to be both informative and engaging. You may choose to use a more informal style than you would use in a written report.

You must include proper citations, including for any images that are not your own. Since it is an interactive format, you may also consider including links for readers to learn more about a topic.

Further information: see Esri Guidelines for Summary Report / Story Map 

Specifications - Report ( only required if you are not submitting a Story Map)

Your report should contain a summary of your project or research goals, methodology and results that supports the content of your poster. You should include maps and other graphics as appropriate.

You must include your name, the name of your institution and an appropriate title. You should also acknowledge any group members or other researchers that contributed to the project or research.

The main body (excluding title page, captions and references) should not be more than 1000 words.

Winning submissions will be shared on Esri's and Trent's web sites. Please only submit materials which can be shared publically. 

Further information: see Esri Guidelines for Summary Report / Story Map 

6: How will the successful candidate be selected?

Submissions will evaluated by a committee consisting of no fewer than three people including a Trent faculty representative, the ESRI Site License Administrator (the Head of the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre, Trent University Library), and a Trent staff member whose field of expertise and position includes Esri technologies and GIS. 

7: What is the deadline for Submitting an Application:

Applications are due no later than Thursday, April 21, 2022 by 4 p.m.

8: Where do I submit the application?

Applications must be submitted in digital format by email to esrischolarships@trentu.ca  (files that are too large to append to email messages should be posted to your Trent google drive with link to the file provided in your email message). 

9: What happens to winning recipients' poster  and story map submissions?

Posters will be displayed on the Esri scholars portal and Trent's web site and / or GIS Day exhibits. A small number of posters may be displayed at Esri Canada User Conferences once in-person events resume. Story maps may also be linked to Esri's scholars portal and Trent ArcGIS Online Organization page. Please only submit materials which can be shared publically. 

10: Who do I contact if I have more questions?
 

Barbara Znamirowski  

Trent Library Maps, Data & Government Information Centre