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Announcing the 2019 Bill Loy Award for Excellence in Cartography and the Trussell Family Scholarship

Bill Loy Award for Excellence in Cartography

Bill Loy Award For Excellence in Cartography
Academic Year 2018–2019

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.


Student must be an undergraduate majoring in Geography, or Spatial Data Science and Technology, or a Geography graduate student at the University of Oregon.

Submissions must include the following:

A 250-word statement explaining the significance of the design and clearly articulates your role in developing the product.

For printed map products, submit one printed, full-size copy of the map product, and also e-mail a PDF of the product and your statement to:

For web maps, e-mail a link to your product with your statement to:

Prints are submitted to Loy Award Committee, Department of Geography, 107 Condon Hall, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403

Submission Deadline: May 13th, 2019

The award will be announced during spring term.


Amy Lobben,
James E. Meacham,

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2017 Award Winners

Rachel Anderson “How Aids Changed Everything”








Honorable Mentions

Justin Culman “Investigating Variations in Coral Reef Morphology using Photomosaics and Analysis of Percent Coverage”









Kymberlee Meyers “Coheed and Cambria: A Neverender Tour Guide”








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 research project (e.g. map, poster, etc.) that was either:

  1. written or created for a course taught by a UO Geography faculty member during the last two years (2017-2018 or 2018-2019), OR
  2. created as part of a geography faculty-led research project (2017-2019).

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 Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at 5:00p.m. or emailed by the same time to Applicants will be notified by May 15th. Scholarship recipients will be recognized at the Department’s graduation ceremony on June 17th.






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Contacts: Dr. Leslie McLees,