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Announcing the 2017 Bill Loy Award for Excellence in Cartography and the Trussell Family Scholarship

Bill Loy Award for Excellence in Cartography

The Bill Loy Award for Excellence in Cartography is given annually to a deserving graduate or undergraduate geography student at the University of Oregon. The award amount is $1,000.

Submission Guidelines

Students will submit a cartographic or visualization product and a written statement.

Entrant must be:

An undergraduate or graduate student majoring in geography at the UO.

Entrant will submit:

– A 500 to 1,000 word statement explaining the significance of the design that clearly articulates the student’s role in developing the product is a requirement.

– For printed map products:
1) submit two printed full size copies of the map product and
2) email a PDF of the product to

– For web maps submit a link to your product.

Submission Deadline: May 19th, 2017

Submit entry to: Loy Award Committee, Department of Geography, 107 Condon Hall.

The Award will be announced during Spring Quarter.

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2017 Award Winners

Masrudy “Rudy” Omri: “Chasing Borealis”








Christina Shintani: “Restoring Fish Habitat on the Sandy River Basin”








Honorable Mention

Christina A. Appleby: “Potential Stream Rehabilitation on the lower Long Tom River, Oregon”
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Amy Lobben,

James E. Meacham,


Trussell Family Scholarship

The Trussell Family Scholarship is awarded to students based on academic merit and interest in a career serving humanity. Consideration is also given to financial need. The award will be $2,000 if one student is selected, or $1,000 if two students share it.

Application Process

Your application must include the following:

1. A completed application cover sheet, available here;

2. A current University transcript (unofficial OK);

3. A paper or class project (i.e. map, poster) written or created in a course taught by a UO Geography professor during the last two years OR created as part of a Geography faculty-led research project during the last two years (can be in a class outside of the Geography Department, but must have been taught by a member of the geography faculty);

4. A statement (no more than 2 pages, double-spaced) addressing your geographical education in relation to your career goals, as well as your financial need.

A completed application must be delivered to the Department of Geography office (107 Condon) by 5:00pm Friday, May 19th, 2017, or emailed by the same time to Applicants will be notified by June 2nd. Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the Department’s graduation Ceremony on June 19th.







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Contacts: Dr. Leslie McLees,