LINZ (Inaugural) Geographic Information Science (GIS) Tertiary Scholarships 2018 Awarded

17 December 2018

Locating people so you can plan for their needs following a natural disaster is one of the areas being investigated by recipients of Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) inaugural Geographic Information Science (GIS) scholarships.

LINZ Deputy Chief Executive, Location Information, Jan Pierce congratulates this year’s recipients and says the aim of the GIS scholarships is to grow a sufficient supply of skilled people with geospatial skills.

“LINZ is very pleased to be awarding these scholarships which recognise the importance of high-value geographic and property information to our economy now, and into the future.”

The recipient of LINZ inaugural postgraduate GIS $5,000 scholarship is:

Matthew Darling
Matthew is a studying toward a Master of Science in Disaster Risk and Resilience at the University of Canterbury.  His thesis topic explores how big data and geospatial information can produce new tools to help locate transient populations, such as international visitors.

Recipients of LINZ inaugural undergraduate GIS scholarships are:

Myra Belkot
Myra is studying for a Bachelor of Science (double major Physical Geography & Environmental Science) at the University of Canterbury.

Katherine Martin
Katherine is studying for a Bachelor Resource & Environmental Planning at Massey University.

Marcus Murray
Marcus is studying for a Bachelor of Applied Science (majoring in GIS) at the University of Otago.

The total course fees for these three scholarship are within LINZ’s $5,000 undergraduate scholarship budget.

All scholarships are for fees for GIS-related courses that are successfully completed during the 2019 academic year. 

Hats off!  To recipients of our Geographic Information Science scholarships

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