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EKU Geography Major Wins KAMP GIS Scholarship

Larissa Watkins wins the 2016 KAMP GIS scholarship.

Geography major Larissa Watkins, a senior from Lindsay, California, was awarded the Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals (KAMP) GIS scholarship at the organization’s annual conference held in Covington, KY on October 17-19. Watkins has worked closely with several Department of Geosciences faculty on GIS-based research monitoring change in agricultural land and water usage in California’s Central Valley. In December, Watkins will travel to Kenya with geography professor Dr. Kelly Watson to work on a participatory GIS project examining beekeeping as a livelihood strategy.

Additionally, five students and five faculty from EKU’s Department of Geosciences attended the KAMP conference, which provides the opportunity to hear presentations and network with GIS and remote sensing professionals from around the state. According to geography faculty Dr. Tyler Huffman, “The KAMP conference is one of the best opportunities for our soon-to-be graduates to network with potential employers. It also provides the chance to reconnect with our alumni who are employed in the geotechniques industry throughout the state.”

Published on October 24, 2016

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