Department Honors

Geography Department Academic Assistants

Fall 2013 Meg Wika

Spring 2013 Miranda Quirk Becker

Fall 2012 Jory Birkeland

 

Aaron Insley Prize for Excellence in Geographic Information Systems and Cartography

The Insley prize honors Aaron Insley, a Gustavus alumnus and geography major. Aaron excelled at GIS and cartography from the start, creating an animated digital map depicting the diffusion of punk rock music for his first geography course, GEG-101. He loved the mountains and landscapes of the West and Dr. Bob Moline's "American West" course was one of his favorites. Aaron planned to continue his geography studies in graduate school but suffered a head injury in a car accident in 2007. The Insley prize was established with a generous gift from Tom and Carol Insley and friends of their son Aaron.

 
 
Winners of the Aaron Insley Prize for Excellence in Geographic Information Systems and Cartography
  • 2013: Matt Bye, Parishes Without Borders: Congregational Geography in Minneapolis and St. Paul
  • 2012: Teige Cudahy, Geographic Analysis of Public Library Size in Relation to Population (with Ashley Hansen)
  • 2011: Eric Fitzsimmons, Three-dimensional map of business locations in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area
  • 2010: Andrew Byron, Smart phone mapping and geographic information system application for Yellowstone National Park