Academic Scholarship Program

About the Blue Marble Scholarship Program

Blue Marble offers students a chance to win an academic scholarship in the amount of US$1,000 (paid directly to the academic institution) and a Global Mapper Pro license by submitting the results of a research project involving the use of Global Mapper. Open to undergraduate or graduate students currently attending an accredited institution of higher education, this annual program encourages students to explore the full depth of functionality available in the software while expanding their core competency in the field of GIS.

Eligibility Criteria

The Global Mapper Scholarship Program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students at any recognized institution of higher education worldwide.  To qualify, the student must be enrolled in a program. The award of $1000 will be paid directly to the academic institution where the winner is currently enrolled.

Submission Requirements and Process

Participants may submit a written thesis, a project report, or a poster on any topic or theme. To be considered for the scholarship award, Global Mapper must have been significantly used for data creation or collection, analysis or processing, and/or final presentation. Please include screenshots of your workflow in Global Mapper in your submission.

All submissions must be written in English. Group projects are NOT accepted; only individual work will be considered.

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Application Deadline

Entries must be received no later than December 31, 2024.

Winner Selection

All entries will be reviewed by the Blue Marble Scholarship Committee, and the winner will be notified on January 10, 2025.  The award will occur at a virtual ceremony at the annual user conference – GeoTalks2025, at 12:00 (US EST).

Publishing Results

Blue Marble will publish an overview of the applicant’s research in a case study or similar form, along with the announcement of the award.

2023 Award Recipient

Dave Maynard is a consultant archaeologist based in West Wales. He has focused on linear projects such as roads and pipelines to prepare the cultural heritage element of environmental impact assessments and management of the archaeological fieldwork that this entails. He has worked throughout the UK, East Europe, the former Soviet Union, and East Africa. Remote sensing is crucial for this work, so Dave was an early adopter of UAV drones for site photography. He is a qualified UAV pilot collecting photogrammetric information. This data is nearly always manipulated using Global Mapper, which has proved to be a steady helpmate with all the varied mapping projections this work entails.

The Aberystwyth University Advanced Media Production course was aimed at staff in creative industries in Wales to improve their technical abilities. The course was funded by the Welsh Government through the European Social Fund. It was run by the departments of Computer Science and Theatre, Film & Television Studies and gave a range of options on technologies and their potential for increasing growth and jobs. On completion of six modules and a written dissertation, the degree of Master of Science could be awarded by the University. Dave has completed this course and prepared a dissertation on the digital recording of archaeology.

Aberystwyth University 2020-2024, course Advanced Media Production. Dissertation title ‘Replacing the Hand-Drawn Plan in Archaeology: Automation of the Recording Process in Archaeology.’


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