Mid-Career Workshop

I-GUIDE 2024 Mid-Career Workshop

Navigating Geospatial Data Science for Mid-Career Geospatial Researchers and Instructors

University of Minnesota · Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

The Mid-Career Workshop has been rescheduled and will take place sometime during late-May through late-July. Please stay tuned for updated workshop dates and join the Mid-Career mailing list for email updates.


Join us in "Navigating Geospatial Data Science," a workshop designed for mid-career geospatial researchers and instructors. This workshop will help you learn the foundations and prepare you for the cutting-edge aspects of geospatial data science, including the latest tools and technologies. Participants are encouraged to bring their own research or curriculum projects, ensuring that learning is rooted in practical application to enhance their careers. With individualized feedback provided throughout and after the workshop, each attendee can refine and improve their projects.

Beyond the core focus on skill and knowledge building, this workshop will provide networking opportunities designed to foster connections among like-minded professionals eager to explore integrating geospatial data science into their careers.

The workshop will use the "Convergence Curriculum for Geospatial Data Science" and the latest platforms and projects supported by the NSF-supported I-GUIDE institute project, positioning participants at the forefront of geospatial education and research innovation. Join us not only to navigate but also to shape the future of geospatial data science.

Key Details

  • FREE registration.  The workshop is free for all accepted applicants.
  • Accepted applicants will be provided meals during the workshop.
  • Applicants who are traveling from outside the Twin Cities metro region will be provided hotel accommodations.
  • Limited support for ground transportation will be available.
  • The workshop has a target capacity of 10-12 individuals.


  • This workshop is targeted to mid-career academic faculty, researchers, technical staff, and librarians working and teaching within the sphere of GIS and geospatial applications.  Mid-career government and industry professionals interested in GIS and geospatial research and education are also welcome.
    • "Mid-career" is defined as 7+ years following the completion of a terminal degree for academic applicants or 10+ years of professional experience for non-academic applicants.
  • Applicants must be affiliated with a United States institution.
  • Applicants must be able to participate in-person at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota for both days of the workshop.  As mentioned above, hotel accommodations will be available to accepted applicants traveling from outside the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.  Limited support for ground transportation will also be available.  Remote participation options will not be available.
  • Applicants who are not US citizens will need to report their visa status.

Tentative Schedule

Day 1

  • 9:30-10:45 Session: Welcome and Introduction to I-GUIDE Mid-Career Workshop
  • 10:45-11:15 Break
  • 11:15-12:45 Session: Introduction Geospatial Data Science
  • 12:45-1:45 Lunch Break
  • 1:45-2:00 Afternoon Planning and Rapid-Fire Personal Project Sharing
  • 2:00-3:15 Session: Hands-On Activity
  • 3:15-3:30 Break
  • 3:30-4:45 Session: Collaborative Brainstorming for Personal Projects
  • 4:45-5:00: Wrap Up
  • 6:30: Dinner (Optional)

Day 2

  • 9:30-10:45 Session: Hands-On Activity
  • 10:45-11:15 Break
  • 11:15-12:45 Session: Virtual I-GUIDE the Team
  • 12:45-1:45 Lunch Break
  • 1:45-3:00 Session: Collaborative Work on Personal Projects
  • 3:00-3:30 Project Sharing and Wrap Up
  • 3:30-4:30 Optional Networking and Project Feedback Session

Application Process

  • Use the application form provided below to submit an application to the mid-career workshop.
  • Provide a brief  statement of interest (up to 500 words) and a current CV (maximum 2 pages).
  • Applicants are welcome to include a brief description (up to 200 words) of a project they wish to pursue during the workshop, or on which they plan to apply the skills learned in the workshop.

Applications are currently being accepted and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Application Support

Please reach out to Eric Shook (eshook@umn.edu) and Kate Vavra-Musser (kvavramu@umn.edu) with any questions regarding the workshop and application process.

I-GUIDE 2024 Mid-Career Workshop Application
Use this form to apply for the 2024 I-GUIDE Mid-Career Workshop to be held at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota sometime late-May through late-July, 2024 (stay tuned for date specifics).
Please indicate your current academic or professional role or status. Please select all that apply.
We are currently working to schedule the mid-career workshop which will be a two-day in-person event. Please indicate your availability for the weeks listed above. The information will help us schedule a workshop at a time which works for as many accepted applicants as possible.
Please provide a brief statement of interest that explains 1) why you would like to participate in the 2024 I-GUIDE mid-career workshop and 2) how the workshop will contribute to your research and career development. Please limit your statement to a maximum of 500 words.
If you have a project you would like to advance during the mid-career workshop, please provide a brief description of the project here. Please limit your project description to a maximum of 200 words.
Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
Please provide a short (maximum 2 page) CV. CVs must be in MS Word or PDF format.
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