Mason Awards First Certificates in Geospatial Intelligence

Posted: July 26, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: July 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm

The following is from a USGIF news release

On May 13, Mason’s Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science graduated its first cohort of students from its Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Program.

United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) President Keith J. Masback attended the department’s 2010 Awards and Convocation Luncheon Celebration and presented 22 students with certificates on behalf the program, which is accredited through USGIF.

USGIF also presented awards ranging from $250 to $1,000 to the following students in the department for their academic excellence: Brittney “Nikki” Hall, undergraduate student; Kalyna Malm Watts, master’s student; Rachel Geyster, graduate certificate student; and James Falcone, PhD student.

Mason is one of only four universities in USGIF’s Accreditation Program and was one of the first to be accredited in 2007. Since then, the foundation and the university have had an ongoing partnership. In addition to awarding scholarships, USGIF members have also donated learning resources to the department.

Recently, Peggy Agouris, professor and chair of the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science, was nominated and now serves as USGIF’s first board member from academia.

Geospatial intelligence certificates from USGIF-accredited schools complement a college degree. USGIF accreditation of university geospatial intelligence certificate programs supports the nation’s vital national security interests by assuring that students are prepared for careers within the growing geospatial intelligence enterprise.

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