[gis_info] Solicitation for Student Project ideas: University of Washington PCE - GIS Certificate Program

Arnone, Harvey Harvey.Arnone at seattle.gov
Thu Oct 17 17:31:12 PDT 2013

It is that time of the year again, the UW Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) GIS Certificate program is gearing up for another year.  As in the past, we are looking for project ideas for our student teams.  If you have a project idea and would like to sponsor a project, we'd love to hear about it.

Here's a little bit about what would make a good student project:

*         Size:  should be appropriate for a 3-4 (maybe 5) student team (we could possibly consider one larger project this year if the scope of the project makes sense for students)

*         Schedule:  projects really get into gear January 1, though some planning takes place during the months prior to this.  Deliverables are completed and delivered in early June.

*         Content:  the project should go beyond just data creation in order to give the students a good learning experience.  Projects that include several of the following are great:  data modeling, data creation, data manipulation, analysis, map production, producing reports, etc

*         Sponsorship:  sponsored projects are usually among the best in terms of the actual learning opportunity for the student.  At the same time, these projects usually deliver quality tangible results for the sponsoring organizations.

*         Time commitment for sponsors:  can vary greatly.  Some students interview their sponsors to understand the needs and requirements and then work independently from that point forward.  Other projects have very active sponsors who meet several times with the student team, review documents, provide feedback, and receive periodic status reports from the  team.   Most projects fall somewhere in between of course.

I have found that many organizations have perfect candidate projects in tasks that have been lingering on the back-burner for some time.  Using students is a great way to get some of these small projects done and at the same time provide valuable experiences for the students.  In terms of quality, many of the projects have had very happy sponsors.  Some sponsors have provided great feedback and a few of them have gone on to hire some of the students.  I should also mention that our student projects have a history of doing well at the annual Washington Status URISA conference Student Project competition.

If you have any questions or project ideas, please feel free to contact me. Here's the details that we would need to get started:

*         Sponsor name and contact information

*         Name of proposed project

*         Description of proposed project (short paragraph is fine)

Thanks ahead of time. Please feel free to forward this to others as you see fit.

Harvey Arnone (harvey.arnone at seattle.gov)
Instructor, UW GIS Certificate Program
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