CES students win first place at GeoCon

Congratulations to Center for Environmental Studies undergraduates Sky Kincaid and Dylan Stephens for winning First Place in the 2022 Virginia Association for Mapping and Land Information Systems (VAMLIS) GeoCon Student Web App category for their Story Map, entitled, From Redlines to Greenways.

When asked about the experience, Sky stated,”It was a great project and a great learning experience! I’m glad it was received well! ” Dylan added, “Creating this Story Map was a wonderful opportunity to connect with Richmond’s history and to take a look at the ways our community can work together to create verdant accessible spaces in the future.

VCU CES GIS instructor and student mentor Jennifer Ciminelli, commented, “Sky and Dylan created a beautiful, and compelling Story Map to tell the story of their semester-long research on the role of urban trees in our environment, and the impact we can have in bettering our community.

Another CES professor, Dr. Cathy Viverette, who worked closely with the Sky and Dylan reflected, “Dylan and Sky, and the rest of their team, were a pleasure to work with whether we were in the field collecting data, post-processing data, or conducting analyses and developing final project deliverables.  Always fun to work with dedicated, enthusiastic colleagues.”

This accomplishment reflects the strong qualitative and spatial analysis training and close faculty advising students in the Environmental Studies program receive. Well done everyone involved – students and mentors!