Meeting 3/21: Youth Mappers Info, Scheduling Help, Guest Speakers


We will be meeting for the second time this semester on March 21st at 6:30 in 229 Walker. We’ve got a litany of issues of the agenda.

Youth Mappers

We have affiliated with an international organization that brings together spatial students from around the world (check them out here: We’ll introduce you to the basics and start planning for our upcoming Mapathon!

Scheduling Help

Wondering what classes you should take next semester? Bring your questions and the seasoned geography veterans will help sort the wheat from the chaff.

Guest Speakers

We are in the process of finding some people to share their work with us. Who would you like to hear from? Let us know!

There will be pizza.

Hope to see you!

P.S. – Maps in the news:

Meeting 10/26/17

The semester is flying by and we hope you can come and take a break from all the final project and midterms to come get some pizza and play some games.

Come join us for :

– some fun geography-related trivia games on kahoot!
– free pizza!
– find a geography study buddy!
– share your imput!

Our new meeting times are every-other Thursday from 5-6 in 229 Walker!


Meeting 9/25/17

Hi all!

There will be a meeting today in 229 Walker Building for the GIS Coalition!

We are introducing new officers today and will go over some networking strategies.

As always, new members are welcome and there will be pizza!


Get Involved Tab Created!!

Posts of links will be given here as they come for getting involved in GIS activities and initiatives AND put within the Get Involved tab collectively as well

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap: HOT Activates for Three Disasters: Hurricane Irma, Mexico Earthquake and Bangladesh Floods

ESRI Workshop Oct 2nd

ESRI Talk & Workshop

Hurricane Irma Relief and Recovery Mapping

Volunteer opportunities at upcoming STEM Workshop for Girl Scouts – Sat Nov 4

The Penn State Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) organization is holding our biannual Girl Scout Workshop on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Last semester, this event brought in over 50 middle and high school girls from Centre County and surrounding areas! The event allows young women to engage in hands-on activities in STEM. We are hoping to bring in more girls this semester and have more workshops available for the girls to choose from! We also plan on ending the day with a team building activity so the girls can work in a group to solve a STEM related problem.


This semester, our theme is “Science @ Home- STEM in Your Everyday Life”. Our goal is to increase the girls’ confidence in science projects and their understanding of how STEM impacts their everyday lives! Possible workshop ideas include the science of candy and gardening with science.


We are seeking proposals for interactive workshops (workshop designers) and day-of volunteers. Please see below for more information and please email us if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your interest and commitment to inspiring our next generation of STEM leaders!


-GWIS Girl Scout Workshop Co-Chairs- Kyra Murrell and Alicia Altemose


GWIS Girl Scout Workshop – Overview

  • When?Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 10 am – 2:30 pm
  • Where?Whitmore Labs, Penn State University
  • Tentative Schedule

o 9:30 – 10:00 am Registration

o 10:00 – 10:45 am Workshop 1

o 10:50 – 11:35 am Workshop 2

o 11:40 – 12:30 pm Workshop 3

o 12:30 – 1:15 pm Lunch

o 1:15 – 2:30 pm Team Building Project

Workshop Designers – Role Description

  • Role Description:
  • The interactive STEM workshops are the main event! We are seeking proposals for 45-minute hands-on workshops that are designed to engage ~20 young women. Your workshop should relate to the theme “Science @ Home- STEM in Your Everyday Life”.  Faculty members, post-docs, graduate students, and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit workshop ideas!
  • How to Sign Up:
  • If your lab, department unit, or student organization is interested in running a workshop, please complete our online Girl Scout Workshop Proposal Form
  • Send a completed proposal to Kyra and Alicia at by October 16th, 2017. Please include the following in your proposal: An outline that describes how you plan on using your time, materials that will be used, a volunteer list that includes email contact information, and anything else you think we should know.

Day-of Volunteer – Role Description

  •  Role Description:
  • There are plenty of behind-the-scenes action you can be a part of! Some examples include: helping with registration, speaking with the young women about your experience in STEM, helping with food, and helping with the directing of foot traffic. Anyone interested is welcome to sign up to be a day-of volunteer.
  • How to Sign Up:
  • If you are interested in volunteering day of, please send us an email at !

Fall Semester 2017

Welcome to the GIS Coalition!

Currently our biggest task is getting the GIS Coalition recognized as a Penn State affiliated organization. Once we are recognized, it opens funding options for future events.

Besides resurrecting the Coalition, potential club activities include trips to conventions, guest speakers, creation of community outreach events (such as GIS day and Youth Mappers), and networking opportunities.

We look forward to working with GIS students and enthusiasts alike,

Officers of the GIS Coalition