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Award Winners

Fisher Prize Award 2017: Graduate Category

Name of awardee  Oliver Curtis and Brian Ho

Title:  "Building a Complex Surface to Simulate America’s Dry West"

Judges Comments:  "Tackled a real and complex problem involving imaginative and functional understanding of environmental systems and spatial dynamics; built on existing knowledge and research; used sophisticated geospatial processing ; and documented  credible results in an elegant and readable poster."  

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Fisher Prize Award 2017: Undergraduate Category

Name of awardee  Melissa Balding

Title:  "Vision Zero Boston: Using Crowd Sourced Safety Concerns to Identify Local Street Projects"

Judges Comments:  “Straight forward and effective GIS analysis; a clear narrative;  a timely and important topic visualized with effective maps and a  reasonable and evidence-based conclusion”

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Esri Development Center Student of the Year Award 2017

Name of awardee  Longfeng Wu, Yonghui Chen, Jung Hyun Woo, Seung Kyum Kim

Title: How do pedestrian choose their routes?

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Judges comments:  "high marks for originality in using Esri components to create a new urban networking tool"

"compelling map and other visualizations"

Visualizing Urban Hospitality

Name of awardee  Yunhan Xu

2016 Fisher Prize Award Co-winner - Undergaduate Category

Judges Comments: “Notable for its clarity and legibility of presentation, and simple, elegant cartography.  A well told story of the geographic distribution of social variables”

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Allocating Disaster Recovery Centers

Name of awardee  Heidi Hurst

2016 Fisher Prize Award Co-winner - Undergraduate Category

Judges Comments: “Thoroughly researched and well thought-out methodology leading to a practical tool, demonstrating the value of custom coding,  incorporating sophisticated geospatial analysis, and evidence-based decision making"

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Mexico's Violent and Contested Territories

Name of awardee  Omar De La Riva

2016 Fisher Prize Award Co-winner - Graduate Category

Judges Comments: “Beautiful  graphic presentation of a timely and important topic, backed up with with careful analysis”

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Runnin' to Dunkin': Business Location and Patronage Analysis

Name of awardee  Alex Mercuri, Elliot Kilham, Russel Koff, Elena Chang, and Sarah Winston.

2016 Fisher Prize Award Co-winner - Graduate Category

Judges Comments: “Impressive multifactor analysis of complex data,  with inventive field data collection techniques, evidence of effective collaborative work, and excellent use of geospatial statistics.”

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Esri Development Center Student of the Year Award 2016

Name of awardee  Heidi Hurst

Title:  A Geospatial Framework For Allocating Disaster Recovery Centers

Fisher Prize Award Competition, 2015 - Undergraduate Category

Name of awardee  Lydia Gaby

Title: Constructing a Storm Surge Risk Profile: Lower East Side and Chinatown, Manhattan, NY

Comments from the award judges: "Great choice of topic, simple maps to read, great series of GIS maps to tell a story.... descriptions of the research methodology significantly add to the conclusions of the research question, which are relevant for policy makers, urban planners and developers."

Fisher Prize Award Competition, 2015 - Graduate Category

Name of awardee  Nathaniel Erb-Satullo

Title: From Micrometers to Kilometers: Integrating Spatial and Chemical Datasets in the Study of Metal Production in the South Caucasus

Comments from the award judges: "This is a well-researched project presented on a clear, intelligible poster. The research results are enhanced by understandable maps that are well documented. Multiple applications of GIS in archeology are presented in an easy to read layout"

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