The annual GIS Workshop course (GEOG 469) partners undergraduate students with community organizations to provide mapping services to those least likely to afford its cost. They work with a variety of partners. This year included partnerships with MEDRIX, and NGO working in Vietnam to provide clean drinking water; South King County Food Alliance and its food bank system; Solid Ground’s Penny Harvest, a collection of public elementary schools that collect funds and distribute them to the needy; the UW Center for Human Rights, and Columbia Legal Services, providing pro bono legal assistance to people finding themselves homeless in Seattle.
This year’s GIS Workshop held its community open house on Tuesday, June 7. Partners eagerly conferred with students sharing hard won results. Two groups successfully took home prizes in the undergraduate research symposium. Alan Lo, Eli Egbert, and Derek Huling took home the grand prize for their work with MEDRIX in developing GIS curricula for Vietnam. Catherine Dupre, Aaron Gordon, Chuong Vo, Anna Whang earned an honorable mention for their detailed analysis of the point at which it begins to be less expensive to provide housing for homeless students rather than provide them with transportation.
Congratulations to all for such stunning partnerships!