Eighteen college and university students from around the world will experience GEOINT 2018 for free thanks to USGIF’s Student Assistant Program.

“Through this program, students are not only able to experience the GEOINT Symposium but also able to learn from and engage with professionals from across the discipline to better understand the GEOINT Community and its many different career paths,” said Justin Franz, USGIF’s community and educational manager.

The student assistants—along with other college students and a few select Tampa area high school students—will display their research in poster presentations during Sunday’s GEOINT Foreword. Attendees can vote for their favorite college student poster using the GEOINT 2018 mobile app. The student with the most votes will win complimentary, full Symposium registration to GEOINT 2019 in San Antonio, Texas, a one-year USGIF individual membership, and the opportunity to present his or her research on stage during GEOINT Foreword 2019. Second and third place winners will receive a one-year USGIF individual membership.

“Attending classes at George Mason provides me with only half of my professional knowledge,” said Andy Avila, a senior at George Mason University and incoming student assistant. “Being part of the Symposium will provide me with the real-world, industry-specific information I need to apply my theoretical studies in the workforce. As such, I hope to expand and deepen my network of professionals in the field to learn from them and better prepare myself for post-baccalaureate employment.”

In addition to providing onsite support, students will attend an exclusive workshop with Hexagon Geospatial. The student assistants and other college students will learn how to use Hexagon’s Smart M.App platform to create an Incident Analyzer View—an interactive map displaying specific incident data. Students will display data using charts, graphs, gauges, and other tools while applying critical thinking and analysis skills.

For the best mapmaker, Hexagon Geospatial will award complimentary registration to its 2018 HxGN LIVE event in Las Vegas this June, including the opportunity for the winning student to speak about his or her project on stage.

Student assistants will wear red “got questions” T-shirts throughout the Symposium. This year’s students represent Fayetteville State University, George Mason University, Gettysburg College, James Madison University, North Carolina Central University, Northeastern University, Pennsylvania State University, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, University of Missouri at Columbia, University of Redlands, University of South Carolina, University of Southern California, and University of Utah.

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