Project SU15c: Geographic information retrieval and spatial analysis

Project SU15c: Geographic information retrieval and spatial analysis

Researcher: Morteza Karimzadeh

Semester for work to be done: Summer 2015

Position type: GIS and data analysis

Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Application URL:

Project description

I am looking for one or two motivated undergraduate students, preferably in the Department of Geography, to assist with part of my dissertation project, which is also related to some ongoing projects at the GeoVISTA center. As discussed below, the number of credits will depend on the assistant’s level of skills and mutual agreement between me and the assistants. We will conduct spatial analysis on geographic gazetteers such as The project’s goal is to improve Geographic Information Retrieval(GIR) methods for textual documents. These documents are academic papers or proposals in our case study. Research assistants’ tasks may also include reading National Science Foundation (NSF) award abstracts and academic papers related to a place, and coding the documents using a software developed by me. The goal is to identify the place that a document might be about. The coding will involve the document as a whole and also annotating relevant elements within the document. If the assistant has programming skills, they may contribute to the software development as well. This position enables the assistants to be directly involved in the research process, and also it exposes them to a variety of academic papers and NSF publications, and therefore makes them familiar with various research projects. The number of credits will vary between 1-3 credit hours, which will be determined based on the applicant’s resume, short statement and the level of contribution that they are able to make to the project.

Desired qualifications

The project requirements and number of credits will vary according to the applicant’s qualifications. The applicant must be well organized and have strong analytical and critical skills. Although this project will contribute to research in GIScience, applicants from other subfields will be considered. Demonstrated course-work in GIS courses such as GEOG 160 or GEOG 363 is an advantage. The applicant should be familiar with basic Office software such as MS Word and Excel, and also be familiar with GIS concepts. While this project will most likely not involve the use of ArcGIS, having an understanding of geospatial data and spatial relationships is important. Programming knowledge is not required, but is considered a major advantage. Of particular interest, are those applicants with knowledge on geographical gazetteers, ontologies, and geocoding packages.


To apply

Prospective candidates should submit application to by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

A complete application must include:

1. All required fields of online form:

2. A one-page cover letter identifying the position for which you're applying and stating your interest in conducting research, your academic preparation, the skills you hope to gain from this experience, and contact information of two references.

  • Upload a PDF document named as follows: FirstinitialLastname_letterMMYY.pdf (e.g. jvender_letter1114.pdf)

3. A resume

  • Upload a PDF document named as follows: FirstinitialLastname_resumeMMYY.pdf (e.g. jvender_resume1114.pdf)