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UDVL students win research poster awards at ILGISA and AAG conferences

Congratulations to the CUPPA students who presented their research at the Illinois GIS Association (ILGISA) Annual Conference and the 2023 West Lakes Regional Division Meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) this fall!

Master of Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP) students Bailey Foster and Grace Li won the Best Student Poster Award at the 2023 ILGISA annual conference Heading link

Bailey Foster and Grace Li's 2023 award-winning poster on mapping vulnerability to Chicago's lead service lines.

They presented their research on the racial disparities in the widespread prevalence of lead service lines in Chicago, which is the leading cause of lead exposure in drinking water. Their findings call for the city to make significant investments in replacing lead service lines in a way that prioritizes communities most vulnerable to lead toxicity, as identified by their Lead Risk Exposure Index. MUPP student Sebastián Villa-Rodriguez was also a research partner on the project.

Rebecca Perelman, Wylie Crowther, and Sean O'Rourke won 3rd Place in the undergraduate poster competition at the AAG 2023 West Lakes Regional Division Meeting for their work on barriers to the Divvy bike-share system. Heading link

Rebecca Perelman, Wylie Crowther, and Sean O'Rourke's 2023 award-winning poster on identifying barriers to accessing the Divvy Bike system.

MUPP student Rebecca Perelman, and Urban Studies students Wylie Crowther, Sean O’Rourke, presented a poster about their research on the spatial and socioeconomic barriers to Chicago’s Divvy bike-share system. Along with Urban Studies students Marisa Miles and Aliya Oryn, their project was used by CDOT to further their goals of improving equitable access to Divvy bikes as they continue to expand the reach of bike share in Chicago.

Crowther and O'Rourke also presented their work on all-gender restrooms on UIC's campus at ILGISA Heading link

Wylie Crowther and Sean O'Rourke's 2023 poster on mapping all-gender restrooms at UIC.

Urban Studies students Wylie Crowther and Sean O’Rourke presented a poster about their work in inventorying and mapping all-gender restrooms on UIC’s campus. Their study shows that the UIC community needs improvement in not just the number and locations of all-gender restrooms, but also in restroom quality and accessibility. In the meantime, their user-friendly web map makes it a lot easier to find the nearest restroom anywhere on campus.

View PDFs of the Student Posters