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Dick Thomas Award Details

This award was established in 2006 to honor Washington State GIS pioneer and mentor Richard “Dick” Thomas. The intent of this award is to honor Dick by continuing his work of encouraging students to present their original research in GIS, geography, or a related discipline at the annual Washington GIS Conference.

The competition has three parts:

1.   Abstract Submission

Using the form below, students submit a succinct abstract (no more than 300 words) describing their original work in GIS or a related field. Abstracts will be accepted from February 1 to March 31. Each abstract may have up to three co-authors.

2.   Abstract Review and Selection

A panel of DTA judges will review abstracts and select finalists for the Presentation Competition, which will occur during the 2020 Washington GIS Conference. Up to four abstracts will be accepted for presentation and are eligible for cash prizes:

    • 1st Place $500
    • 2nd Place $250
    • 3rd Place $125

Students will be notified of their acceptance by April 10. Students not selected to present their paper are encouraged to submit their work as a poster here: https://waurisa.wildapricot.org/Poster-Contest


3.   Presentation Competition

The Presentation Competition will occur on Thursday, May 21 during the 2020 Washington GIS Conference at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center in Tacoma, Washington.  Finalists will be allotted 15 minutes to present and 5 minutes for questions and transitions. The panel of DTA judges will evaluate and rank presentations. Winners will be announced during the conference closing session.


  • Get The DTA Announcement Flyer here
  • Find Guidelines and FAQs here
  • Please contact the DTA Coordinator at dta@waurisa.org with any questions.

Dick Thomas Award Abstract Submission Form

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