2009 Thacher Scholars Awards

The 2009 Thacher Scholars Awards will be given to secondary school students (grades 9-12) demonstrating the best use of geospatial technologies or data to study Earth. Eligible geospatial tools and data include satellite remote sensing, aerial photography, geographic information systems (GIS), and Global Positioning System (GPS). The main focus of the project must be on the application of the geospatial tool(s) or data to study a problem related to Earth's environment.

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(There is a great list of resources at the bottom of the page even if you don’t have students to enter in this award contest)

Student Awards: Three cash awards will be given -- 1st place - $2,000, 2nd place - $1,000 and 3rd place - $500. Cash awards for team entries will be split among the winning team members.

Teacher Awards: In addition to prizes for the winning students, the teachers of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place students/teams will receive a $200 amazon.com gift card. If the student's participation is part of an after-school club or other activity independent of school, the student can identify on his or her entry form an adult "coach" who would be eligible for this award (e.g., a parent, club leader, etc.). Only one teacher or coach recognition award will be provided for each 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entry.


1. Any student who is enrolled in and attending secondary school (grades 9-12 - public, private, parochial, Native American reservation, or home school) in the United States or U.S. territories; or

2. Any student who is a United States citizen and enrolled in a secondary school (grades 9-12) attending:
• Department of Defense Dependents' Overseas School or an accredited overseas American or International School; or
• foreign school as an exchange student; or
• a foreign school because his/her parent(s) are temporarily working and living abroad.

3. Entries can be submitted by individuals or teams. In the case of team entries, the cash award will be split equally among the winning team members. All team members must meet eligibility requirements.

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