PurposeTo promote the use of spatial analysis and geographic techniques to study California planning and policy issues.

Submissions Requirements:

  • Address a planning, policy, or social welfare research question relating to the California region.
  • Include 3-5 maps that demonstrate descriptive and analytical insights.
  • Include a writeup with a project abstract, research question and discussion of findings, recommendations and conclusion (2 pages maximum)
  • Submit as a PDF to the Lewis Center at lewiscenter@luskin.ucla.edu.
  • Submissions are due before 11:59pm on Friday, June 6, 2014.
    DEADLINE EXTENDED: 12PM on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Judging Criteria:

  1. Effective or innovative use of GIS and spatial analysis
  2. Topic choice – not reproducing previous work on subjects and issues widely covered in practice
  3. Overall presentation and map design
  4. Connection to California planning/policy/social welfare issues

Submissions will be evaluated on research organization and methods as well as the use of GIS to produce descriptive and analytical insight regarding the policy question. The submission does not need to be something that was produced exclusively in a GIS course.  Web-based projects are welcome to apply.  However, they need to be framed in the same manner as non-web based projects. This means each web-based submission should pose a policy question and use GIS techniques to answer this question.  Winners will be selected by a panel of GIS researchers and faculty.


Award Amounts*:

  • 1st Place – $500
  • 2nd Place – $300
  • 3rd Place – $200

Award winners will be announced in June right before the end of the academic school year.

Contest winners will be required to design a 27″ x 40″ (or proportional to that size) posterboard highlighting their project.  An electronic version will be posted to the Lewis Center website. All costs associated with producing these materials will be covered by the Lewis Center. The first place winner’s poster will be featured in the Lewis Center during the 2014-2015 academic year.  Award funds will be released upon final approval of posterboard by the Lewis Center.

Awardees must be enrolled in a Luskin School graduate course during the 2013 – 2014 academic year.

For questions, please contact Norman Wong at wongn@luskin.ucla.edu

*The Lewis Center reserves the right to make awards at their discretion based on the quality of projects submitted.

Past GIS Award Winner Archive