USGIF opens 2016 GEOINT awards and scholarship programs

February 12, 2016  - By 0 Comments

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is now accepting nominations for its 2016 Awards Program and its 2016 Scholarship Program.

Awards Program

The USGIF Awards Program annually recognizes the exceptional work of the global geospatial intelligence tradecraft’s brightest minds and most innovative organizations. The program acknowledges outstanding GEOINT achievements by individuals or teams in five categories: academia, community support, government, industry and military.

Any individual, team or organization engaged in traditional GEOINT and ISR or a related field such as social media, open source data, Big Data, the Internet of Things, data science, mobile, virtual and augmented reality and more is encouraged to apply.

“The USGIF Awards nomination period is a time to give thanks, to celebrate, and to recognize the hard work, dedication, and commitment to the mission of the GEOINT Community,” said Kevin Jackson, chair of the USGIF Awards Subcommittee. “Behind the latest and most innovative technologies, cutting-edge research, and exceptional delivery of programs and services are stories of individuals and teams doing exceptional things — they are your peers, colleagues, teammates, and partners. On behalf of the USGIF Awards Subcommittee, I challenge you to reflect on those accomplishments making a difference and take the time to submit a nomination.”

Nomination forms for each category can be downloaded via Applications are due by March 18. The USGIF Awards Subcommittee will select recipients and awards will be presented on stage during the general session at the GEOINT 2016 Symposium, taking place May 15-18 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

Visit to learn more about the program, view past award recipients or to submit a nomination.

Scholarship Program

Applications for the USGIF 2016 Scholarship Program are due no later than April 22.

The program provides promising students studying the geospatial sciences or a related field with scholarship awards to further the advancement of the geospatial intelligence tradecraft.

In 2015, $99,000 in scholarships was awarded to 24 recipients. Since 2004 when the scholarship program began, $891,000 in scholarships has been awarded to more than 180 students.

“The quality of the students who are working toward careers in GEOINT is just outstanding, and some of the research being done by the graduate students is very cutting edge,” said Neil Billings, chair of the USGIF Scholarship Subcommittee. “I’m glad USGIF hosts this scholarship program and that I can give back to my profession by helping select scholarship recipients.”

Graduating high school seniors, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students studying geospatial intelligence, geography, political science, computer science, biology, anthropology, and any other fields in the natural and social sciences are encouraged to apply for a USGIF scholarship.

USGIF will also offer a new scholarship for the first time this year in partnership with Riverside Research — a nonprofit company primarily serving the defense and the intelligence communities. The $10,000 Ken Miller Scholarship for Advanced Remote Sensing Applications will annually be awarded to one master’s degree student who is in or planning to enter the defense or intelligence community.

The Ken Miller Scholarship is funded by sales from the Riverside Research-authored textbook, “The Phenomenology of Intelligence-focused Remote Sensing.” It is named for Kenneth W. Miller, who is known as a founding father of measurement and signatures intelligence (MASINT).

“We’re excited by the opportunity to partner with member company Riverside Research to offer this new scholarship for remote sensing students,” said USGIF CEO Keith Masback. “USGIF is ultimately powered by its Member Organizations and volunteers, and this is a superb example of what we can accomplish for our Community when we work collectively toward the greater good.”

For more information on the USGIF Scholarship Program, the Ken Miller Scholarship, or to read about past USGIF scholarship recipients, visit

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Tracy Cozzens

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Tracy Cozzens has served as managing editor of GPS World magazine since 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.

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