Poster contest for GIS Day 2017
October 2, 2017

The UCR Library will host a poster contest as part of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day 2017 activities at UC Riverside, in collaboration with the Center for Conservation Biology, the Department of Earth Sciences, the Department of Environmental Sciences, UCR Extension, the Department of Psychology, and Capital Asset Strategies.

GIS Day, first established in 1999, provides an opportunity for people to learn about geography and the uses of GIS. This year, GIS Day falls on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to enter posters that highlight their use of GIS. All academic disciplines are eligible, including natural and social sciences as well as humanities.

Acceptable formats

Printed posters and a limited number of dynamic displays (Story Map, PowerPoint) will be accepted.

Collaborations are allowed, as are multiple entries. Please note that for group entries, the first author listed will be eligible for any prizes, should that entry win.

How to enter

Prior to entering, students must submit an abstract before 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1 for review and approval by the GIS Day Planning Committee.

To submit an abstract, please fill out this application form and send to Planning Committee member Paige Trubenstein ( For questions, you can also contact Janet Reyes ( at the Orbach Science Library’s Map Collection, or call (951) 827-6421.

The committee will notify prospective entrants if their abstract was accepted or declined by Saturday, Nov. 4.

Students whose abstracts were accepted must submit their posters by Thursday, Nov. 9.

Poster display

Beginning on Monday, Nov. 13, the entries will be included in a GIS poster display in the atrium of Orbach Science Library.

On the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 15, entrants will have the opportunity to explain their posters and answer questions.

The contest’s first, second, and third-place winners will be announced at 4:00 on Nov. 15 prior to a reception for all participants.

Contest prizes will include a variety of items students will find useful.