Student Competition

GIS DAY 2018 Student Competition

The GIS Day Savannah Committee is excited to announce the 2018 GIS Day Student Competition!


The GIS Day 2018 Student Competition is designed to support and encourage students to complete scientific research using GIS as part of their educational experience in secondary, undergraduate, and graduate programs.  All major fields of study are invited to participate.

The deadline for entering the GIS Day 2018 Student Competition is Monday, October 29, 2018 at 10:00 pm.

Winners will be notified by email or phone on or before Friday, November 9, 2018.


CASH Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 entries in each of the 3 categories:


1st Place – $300

2nd Place – $150

3rd Place – $50


1st Place – $300

2nd Place – $150

3rd Place – $50


1st Place – $150

2nd Place – $100

3rd Place – $50

Awards will be announced at GIS Day on November 14th.  Award checks are mailed approximately 4-6 weeks following the event.



All submissions will be judged on the use of GIS in following the geographic method.  Visit Esri’s website on How GIS Works for more information.

1. All maps must include standard map elements where appropriate:

  • Title, legend, north arrow, scale bar*, and information box including author, date, and data sources must be present in all maps
  • Undergraduate and graduate level submissions must also provide the projection and datum used for each map
  • *Graduate level students may determine whether a north arrow and scale bar are appropriate or necessary based upon project scaleprojection, and intent

2. Project presentation must answer the following questions:

  • What research question(s) are you trying to answer?
  • How or where did you acquire your data?  Describe the data used in your analysis.
  • How is GIS used to analyze your data and answer your research questions?
  • What are your results?  Make sure your final map demonstrates these results.

3. If ALL competition criteria outlined above are not fulfilled, the contest entry will NOT be eligible for an award.


  • The GIS Day 2018 Student Competition is for students only.  The research and project presentation must be completed by a student enrolled full or part-time in a middle school, high school, undergraduate, or graduate program.  Proof of enrollment is required.
  • The GIS Day 2018 Student Competition is a regional competition.  The student should either attend school in one of Georgia’s regional coastal counties (Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty or McIntosh Counties) or the research subject matter must be located in this region.


  • A completed application form provided below.
  • A copy of the student’s current school schedule.  The application will not be considered complete until proof of student status is received.
  • The name, title, and email for a teacher or professor who worked with the student on the project are required as the school reference on the form below.
  • For a poster entry**: One high resolution PDF of your poster saved to a page size 24x36” (portrait or landscape) or 36x48” (portrait only). We also ask that if you are not printing and submitting a hard copy of your poster, do not use solid colors for the background or filling on your poster.  File size is limited to 50 megabytes for the form below.   If your project is larger, contact Lara Hall at  The poster must contain all content to answer the questions listed in the judgement criteria above.  
  • For a dynamic map entry: Judges will view the website address using the current version of Internet Explorer or Google Chrome with a true color monitor and a resolution of at least 1680 x 1050 to view the online map.  (Websites for all competition entries must be active through December 31, 2018.)   Provide the web link in the form below.  The website must contain all content to answer the questions listed in the judgement criteria above.

** We understand that middle and high school students may not have access to software that allows the creation of posters this size.  Therefore we will accept a 2-3 page report in addition to the final project map from middle and high school students only.  Please make sure the project name, student name, and school are listed on all materials submitted.

  • Up to 4 students may enter the same project, if each shared a primary responsibility within the group.
  • Prize money will be split evenly among the number of students listed on the project.
  • Each student should complete an online application.
  • The project PDF should only be submitted once.
  • Make sure to use the same project name for all applications.
  • If a group larger than 4 students would like to enter, please contact SAGIS for guidelines.
  • All project content must be the original work of the student.
  • Resources and GIS data must be appropriately cited.
  • Entries must have been created between September 2017 and November 2018.
  • Entries must be submitted no later than 10:00 pm on October 29, 2018.
  • Questions may be referred to Lara Hall at or 912-651-1440.
  • If ALL competition criteria outlined on this page are not fulfilled, the contest entry will not be eligible for an award.
  • Students and/or research projects are not eligible to win more than once in the same category.

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If you have any questions please contact Lara Hall at  FTP Upload can be arranged if necessary due to file size.  You will receive an e-mail to confirm your entry submission.  Thank you for participating!