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    In the first year of the GIS certificate, 10 students on track to complete the 4-course certificate, and many also took the advanced course in Spatial Analysis.

    The Center has had several outstanding interns this past year including Amy Woodruff, Tyler Solberg, Hannah Cook, and Jacob Larson. Center interns were crucial in supporting the Campus Map initiative and the development of internal enterprise geodatabases for campus and the Regional Science Center. MSUM students have also had the opportunity to work on the LCCMR Prairie Restoration project at the Regional Science Center and to intern at and learn from professionals in the region. All types of experiences are highlighted below.

     Kelli Moe (MSUM's 2016 MN GIS/LIS Student Scholar)

    Kelli MoeKelli worked as a GIS intern at MSUM’s Regional Science Center summer and fall 2016. As part of prairie restoration efforts, she created several Collector apps for butterfly and small mammal monitoring. She also collected data on Regional Science Center assets and trails for use in a site geodatabase. Kelli collaborated with Drs. George Holley and David Kramar on the analysis of archaeological shovel test data from the Regional Science Center, exploring patterns in artifact content and location. As MSUM’s student scholar for the MN GIS/LIS Consortium, Kelli presented the results of her research at the 2017 fall meetings in Duluth. 

    Jacob Larson (MSUM Student Scholar representative for the 2017 MN GIS/LIS Fall Conference)

    I've completed all the GIS Certificate classes and am taking the remote sensing class this fall. I'm interning at Moorhead Public Service as a GIS technician. I help create and update GIS maps featuring water and electric city infrastructure for Moorhead. I also do things like create water leak maps and reports for analysis so the city can look at what what types of pipe material are associated with water leaks etc. I do just as much office work as I do field work taking GPS points, which is nice, so for anybody looking at the GIS classes I would highly recommend taking GPS field techniques. I'm also doing a presentation at the GIS/LIS consortium in Bemidji titled "Spatial analysis of seismicity in Oklahoma".

    Amy Woodruff

    Amy WoodruffOriginally I came to MSUM with an interest in geology. During my sophomore year I decided to switch to geoarchaeology and also to complete the GIS certificate. As of spring 2017 I have completed 3 of the 4 certificate courses. I really have enjoyed each class. I applied for several internships in my areas of study (GIS, Archaeology, and Geology) and accepted a paid GIS Technician Internship with Clay County during summer 2017. I worked on several projects including updating points on a map from documents and updating and mapping the county fire districts. Recently I also began working with Dr. Kramer as a student intern on the LCCMR Prairie Restoration Grant. I am creating maps of trails and will be supporting faculty and student teams involved in the grant. My classes have definitely prepared me for these unique internship experiences.