UCGIS Fellows Program

History and Significance

Since 2010, UCGIS has acknowledged those individuals who have contributed to the advancement of geographic information science and technology. The status of UCGIS Fellow is bestowed on the recipient who has had an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the spatial disciplines and communities of practice that use spatial information to complement and support their business operations or academic activities.

The geospatial community brings together individuals from diverse spatial disciplines including but not limited to cartography, computer science, geodesy, geography, geographic information science, photogrammetry, remote sensing, spatial information science, and surveying.   These individuals participate in one or more communities of practice.  Examples of communities of practice include agriculture, defense, education, emergency management, forestry, health, environment and natural resources management, education, government, landscape architecture, nonprofit groups, planning and public administration, transportation, tourism, and more.

Profile of UCGIS Fellows

Candidates for Fellow should have an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the spatial disciplines and communities of practice described above. Service that furthers the mission of UCGIS is a strong consideration to be elected to Fellow. That mission includes to:

  • Advance research in the field of Geographic Information Science;
  • Expand and strengthen Geographic Information Science education;
  • Advocate policies for the promotion of the ethical use of and access to geographic information technologies; and,
  • Build scholarly communities and networks to foster multi-disciplinary GIS research and education.  

Here is the list of current UCGIS Fellows

The UCGIS Board of Directors is delighted to invite nominations for the 2014 UCGIS Fellows to join this illustrious group.

Nomination Instructions

Candidates for Fellow must be nominated by one of the two lead delegates from a UCGIS member institution or by an existing Fellow.

To complete the nomination, the nominator should provide the following information:

  1. A signed nomination letter that specifically describes the outstanding intellectual, technical, and/or professional geographic information science and technology (GIS&T) accomplishments and contributions that merit election to the Grade of Fellow;
  2. A complete curriculum vitae that includes full contact information for the nominee including mailing address and email; detailed information related to education; employment history; publication record; professional service record; documentation of service within UCGIS if any; and other pertinent information such as software products developed, patents, and membership in learned societies;
  3. A minimum of two additional support letters of recommendation that can speak to the specific question of why the individual should be accorded the honor and status of being a UCGIS Fellow.

Electronic submissions are required. All submissions should be uploaded at http://www.giknet.org/ucgis. Only pdf and Word files are accepted. File titles should begin with the last name of the person nominated followed by the content of the submission. (Examples: SmithNomination.pdf, SmithVitae.doc, SmithSupportLtrByJones.docx). If you encounter technical difficulties, please contact Diana Sinton, Executive Director (dianasinton@ucgis.org). Note:There is no need to fill the form fields for "Title of Document," "Names of Authors," or "Abstract."

Guidance in Preparing Nomination Letters

Nominators are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Lynn Usery (usery@usgs.gov) if there are questions related to the nomination.  Nominators are also encouraged to review the profiles of current fellows

Deadline for Submitting Nominations

Please submit nominations on or before February 1st, 2014.

Review and Selection Process

The selection committee consists of all past UCGIS Fellows and the immediate past president, current president and president elect of UCGIS. In 2014, no more than three (3) Fellows will be chosen. A detailed description of the selection process can be reviewed here.

Notification of Selection

Nominators and successful inductees will be notified by the UCGIS President no later than April 1, 2014. 

UCGIS Fellows Recognition

The successful nominees will be inducted as the 2014 Fellows in a ceremony that will take place during the 2014 UCGIS Symposium, May 19-21 at the Pasadena Hilton in Pasadena, California.