Sixteen students from across the country and internationally are participating in GEOINT 2017 as part of USGIF’s Student Assistant Program. Students represent Fayetteville State University, James Madison University, Northeastern University, the NOVA Information Management School of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Penn State University, University of Redlands, Texas State University, the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, and Virginia Tech.

“The student assistant program is a fantastic opportunity for these hand-selected students to experience GEOINT 2017,” said Justin Franz, USGIF’s volunteer engagement manager. “Through the program, students are able to engage with professionals across the GEOINT Community, helping them develop their skills and career paths.”

In addition to providing onsite support, students will tour the exhibit hall, attend receptions, and network with Symposium attendees.

“GEOINT is an area almost unknown in my country, so it was with great joy that I applied and had the opportunity to attend GEOINT 2017,” said Diogo Oliveria de Luz Cardoso, student volunteer and NOVA Information Management School student from Portugal. “I hope to meet with other students who share the same interest in GEOINT as I do, as well as professionals and creative minds, so they can share their personal experiences. At the end of the event, I hope to bring back home new knowledge and a new vision about GEOINT.”

Student assistants are wearing green T-shirts with the phrase “got questions?” throughout the week. If you see a student assistant, say hello and share your experiences and advice about pursuing a career in the GEOINT Community.

The student assistants—along with 2016 USGIF Scholarship recipients and students from USGIF-accredited universities—will display their student research posters Sunday during GEOINT Foreword in Hall 4A. Attendees may vote for their favorite student poster using the GEOINT 2017 mobile app. The student with the most votes will win complimentary, full Symposium registration to GEOINT 2018 in Tampa, Fla., and a one-year USGIF individual membership. Second and third place winners will also receive a one-year membership.

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