USGIF announced first-ever student diversity awards and best student poster award

The two new diversity awards, $500 each, were sponsored by Dr. Tim Walton, in honor of his wife, Elizabeth Walton, who passed away in 2018 after having served as an analyst at the CIA for more than 30 years.

USGIF announced first-ever student diversity awards and best student poster award
USGIF announced first-ever student diversity awards and best student poster award

USGIF announced first-ever student diversity awards and best student poster award

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) awarded three student awards, including two new diversity awards, during the GEOINTegration Summit.

The two new diversity awards, $500 each, were sponsored by Dr. Tim Walton, in honor of his wife, Elizabeth Walton, who passed away in 2018 after having served as an analyst at the CIA for more than 30 years.

She highly valued her education and believed that her education, a BA from Johns Hopkins, and a MA from George Washington were significant to her success. Walton tries to carry her legacy through these awards presented to two female students.

The Most Promising Female GEOINTer Award was presented to Mia Poynor, University of Sothern California. The GEOINT Woman of Color Award was presented to Alejandra Rubi Marquez, Fayetteville State University.

This award recognizes a woman of African, Asian (including Asian American, Pacific Islander, Arab or Middle East Asian), Latin American, or American Indian (including African Native American or Alaskan Native) descent that demonstrates excellence in GEOINT skills.

Students were selected based on nominations from USGIF accredited schools. The 2020 Best Student Poster was also awarded at the GEOINTegration Summit. The recipient for this award was Yinan Wang, Johns Hopkins University for his poster on “Applications of Satellite Imagery in Paleontology.”

The award was offered based on a popular vote from Summit attendees via the poster gallery.

Kantor added that at the end of every academic year, they tend to come together, in person, to recognize those among them for effort, teamwork, perseverance, responsibility, integrity, and many other qualities worth of recognition.

They are using every occasion to honor students who, despite COVID-19 related challenges, managed to continue their research.