Coming Spring 2018


URISA Ontario Commits to Education - $500 Student Bursary Offering

Award will be Announced at the BeSpatial Annual Event

2017 Submission Closed: March 17th, 2017

Plan Now for 2018: Submission by March 16th, 2018

To increase student participation within the organization, URISA Ontario offers an Educational Program aimed at post-secondary students. This is an opportunity for students to be recognized in the field of GIS. This is a great opportunity for students to get name recognition and begin participating within the Ontario GIS community. URISA Ontario offers solid networking opportunities for the post educational job search and many different levels of involvement as part of a diverse community of geospatial professionals.

The URISA Ontario Board of Directors will review the submissions and publish the top three submissions in one of their e-newsletters. The bursary will be awarded to the top submission at our Annual General Meeting and BeSpatial event planned in early May each year. URISA Ontario will also offer a complimentary one year student membership to each of the top ten submissions.

Application Guidelines

To be considered for this bursary, students are required to submit a paper detailing a GIS project or application that they completed within their previous year of their studies at a designated educational institution in Ontario. Papers should be no longer than 1,000 words and include a description of the project, its purpose and the solution that it provides.

Please note that the bursary can only be awarded to a student once, however applicants who do not receive the bursary are free to apply again. Bursary winners may apply again and have the opportunity to win a 1-year complimentary membership if selected as one of top ten submissions.

Education Flyer with MApps

** Unfortunately, we are unable to accept submissions from doctoral students and/or group projects.

Please submit your bursary and/or questions to Irene, education director

2017 Bursary Winner

Kyle Wittmaier

Nipissing University, Ontario

Suitable Locations for Solar Panel Farm Development in the Niagara Region

Kyle's project was completed as part of the requirements for 2016 ESRI GIS Scholarship. The objective was to identify the most suitable locations for setting up solar panel farms in the Niagara Region using GIS mapping techniques.

In recent years, Canada has invested heavily in renewable energy and the completion of this project would provide useful information in determination financial feasibility for establishing solar energy generation facilities.

Location of suitable sites was determined using GIS multi-criteria evaluation analysis tools. The three main criteria were: accessibility/boundaries, topographic factors, and existing land cover/use. All criteria were individually analyzed and then combined using the Weighted Sum tool before Boolean logic was applied to remove restricted development areas. The results show that there are three clusters of suitable locations present in the Niagara Region near the municipalities of Lincoln, Niagara Falls, and Fort Erie. These are the areas where future solar panel farm development should be considered.

2017 Student Bursary Winner

Kyle Wittmaier

Nipissing University, Ontario

Suitable Locations for Solar Panel Farm Development in the Niagara Region

This project was completed as part of the requirement for 2016 ESRI GIS Scholarship. The objective was to identify the most suitable locations for setting up solar panel farms in the Niagara Region using GIS mapping techniques.

In recent years, Canada has invested heavily in renewable energy and the completion of this project would provide useful information in determination financial feasibility for establishing solar energy generation facilities.

Location of suitable sites was determined using GIS multi-criteria evaluation analysis tools. The three main criteria were: accessibility/boundaries, topographic factors, and existing land cover/use. All criteria were individually analyzed and then combined using the Weighted Sum tool before Boolean logic was applied to remove restricted development areas. The results show that there are three clusters of suitable locations present in the Niagara Region near the municipalities of Lincoln, Niagara Falls, and Fort Erie. These are the areas where future solar panel farm development should be considered.



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