GeoQuery Student Research Assistant Application
NOTE: Applications to the lab are assessed once a semester, and you may not hear back on your application until the end of the semester in which you applied.

This form is an application to participate in the GeoQuery project at William and Mary. Only current William and Mary students are eligible to apply.

Team Descriptions and Qualifications:

GeoData
There is a phenomenal amount of data out there, but relatively little time to figure out what data is good, and what is just junk. GeoQuery relies on students to help us identify the best datasets to distribute to our researchers through the www.geoquery.org platform. This research program does not require any research or background experience, and is intended for freshmen to junior students looking to start getting involved in research, but not sure where to start. The focus and responsibility of the GeoData research team is to gather, research, and prepare (or, create!) data sets that can be used in potential research projects - both here at the university and in Academia more broadly. These data sets are collected to be incorporated into the public GeoQuery website, which is used by thousands of individuals from hundreds of organizations to facilitate policymaking. Students who participate in this program will be able to gain a foundation in working in research and have the opportunity to gain recognition in research papers and academic briefs. Based on the quality of effort and commitment put into this program, a student may be given the opportunity to ascend higher leadership positions or join other research teams of higher skill and responsibility

GeoBoundaries
Did you know we don’t know where some cities, counties, districts, or even states are around the world? It’s true! This research program requires experience and/or relevant coursework in geospatial analysis (specifically, INTR 204 - Introduction to GIS) and is intended for sophomores, juniors, and seniors looking to get involved in research focused in international relations and geospatial studies. The focus and responsibility of the GeoBoundaries research team will be to collect and prepare subnational boundaries of countries across the globe for use in research and the GeoQuery platform. The boundaries will be accessible by researchers and students who may desire to use the information for their own research and projects. Students who participate in this program will be able to gain experience in working in geospatial research; further, students on this team may be able to (a) receive COLL 400 course credit through independent research in the Data Science Program, (b) receive formal credit as a contributor to the GeoBoundaries project in published materials [i.e., if you create the best boundaries known for Mexico, every researcher using it will be citing you!), and (c) be competitive for Data Science Fellowships. Based on the quality of effort and commitment put into this program, a student may be given the opportunity to ascend higher leadership positions or join future research teams of higher skill and responsibility.

GeoDev
R&D makes GeoQuery work. Have Machine Learning skills? Web development? Python? Want to help the other teams work better, solve text mining problems, keep our website working, or work on other applied computational projects? GeoDev is for you. This research program requires knowledge and/or relevant coursework in computer science and computer programming - specifically CS 141 or DATA 141, as well as basic GIS (INTR 204 - Introduction to GIS). It is also recommended that you have previous experience working with JavaScript or other web-based technologies. The focus and responsibility of the GeoDev research team will be to provide technical assistance to the GeoBoundaries and GeoData teams in terms of debugging code, helping solve programming problems, improving the GeoQuery website, and deriving new code to solve applied research problems. Students who participate in this program will be able to gain experience in applying computer science knowledge in a research environment. In addition, members of the GeoDev research program will have the opportunity of gaining recognition in research papers and other career opportunities; further, students on this team may be able to (a) receive COLL 400 course credit through independent research in the Data Science Program, (b) receive formal credit as a creator of new software packages, R or Python scripts, and (c) be competitive for Data Science Fellowships. Based on the quality of effort and commitment put into this program, a student may be given the opportunity to ascend higher leadership positions or join future research teams of higher skill and responsibility.


More information can be found at: http://www.geoquery.org .

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