Sarah Campbell, a sophomore geography student and Honors College member at West Virginia University, was recently named one of the recipients of a U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation scholarship.

The Foundation’s scholarship program, which is partially funded by the annual Allder Golf Classic, awards promising students with interests in the geospatial sciences. Students are selected based on their academic and professional excellence in geospatial intelligence tradecraft.

Campbell, who is double major in geography and Spanish, with minors in geographic information systems and statistics, is one of the stars of the geography program, said Tim Warner, professor of geography and geology.

“It is no surprise to me that Sarah was selected for this prestigious scholarship,” Warner said.

“I was very pleased to have recruited her to help me with a remote sensing project in support of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and her work for that project demonstrated her organization and imagination. She has a very strong work ethic.”

As a 2015-16 scholarship recipient, Campbell has been invited to the Foundation’s annual GEOINT Symposium, an event that provides a forum for more than 4,000 attendees to network with government, industry, academic and military leaders in the geospatial intelligence community.

To be considered for a scholarship, students must submit an essay to the
Foundation that explains their career goals, problem-solving expectations and advancements that they seek to incorporate into geospatial intelligence, and how
they plan to incorporate geospatial intelligence into their career goals.

Campbell said she hopes her degrees will prepare her for her career goal – to be the ultimate problem solver in her field.

“I want to be the person that utilizes large data sets, analysis, and visualization to solve a variety of social, planning, crisis intervention and security problems on a global scale,” she said.

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s mission is to promote the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and to develop a stronger community of interest between government, industry, academia, professional organizations and individuals who share a mission focused around the development and application of geospatial intelligence to address national security objectives.

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as/09/02/2015

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