The Marble-Boyle Undergraduate Achievement Awards in Geographic Science

Association of American Geographers (AAG)

The scholarship is intended for undergraduate students from the United States and Canada who show exemplary academic performance and are striving to bridge the gap between geographic science and computer science. The award is created in honor of Dr. Duane Marble, creator of the Marble Fund, and for the late Dr. A. R. (Ray) Boyle.

Key Information

Eligibility Requirements

  • Age/Grade Level:
    Undergraduate students
  • Financial Need:
    Not Mentioned
  • Residence:
    United States and Canada
  • College:
    Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited United States or Canadian college or university.
  • Major/Career:
    Applicants must demonstrate a reasonable intent to embark upon a career or further education that will make use of their joint geographic science and computer science knowledge.
  • Miscellaneous:
    At the time of the application, the applicant must be no more than twelve months from graduation.Applicants do not need to be members of the Association of American Geographers, but they are strongly encouraged to consider membership.
  • Other Benefits:
    Awardee will also receive $200 credit for books published by the ESRI Press and a certificate of recognition. ESRI has also agreed to provide priority consideration to any of the awardees who may be interested in participating in their Summer Intern Program.All Marble-Boyle awardees will be eligible to compete for an additional research fellowship award that is being offered every two years by the MicroGIS Foundation for Spatial Analysis (MFSA). In addition to access to research facilities, the MFSA fellowship will cover all transportation and housing costs for up to four months of work with MFSA in Lausanne, Switzerland. Depending upon the time of year, there will also be an opportunity to audit courses at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) or, in summer, to receive specific training available from MFSA.

Application Details

  • Transcript:
  • Resume/Activity List:
    Not required
  • Essay:
    An essay of no more than 800 words, formatted in 12 pt Times New Roman, double-spaced with 1 margins, identifying the individuals areas of interest within geographic science and computer science, a description of his or her career goals, and a statement as to how his or her joint background in geographic science and computer science will help to meet these goals.
  • Recommendation Letters:
    A letter of recommendation from the students faculty advisor, department chair or program director. The letter should clearly address both the applicants academic performance as well as their potential for a career or further education that utilizes their geographic science and computer science background. Recommendation letters must be signed and written on institutional letterhead. They must be sent in PDF form directly by the referee to the Chair of the Review Committee to .
  • Other Materials:
    Personal information (name, address, email, phone number, etc.) together with a statement of their intention to apply for the award.An official or unofficial copy of the applicants transcript(s) with all relevant courses in geographic science and computer science, and grades received in these courses, highlighted.For each highlighted course, the applicant must provide a one or two sentence description of the course content, the text book(s) used (if applicable), and the name(s) of the instructor(s).

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