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Geographical Information System (GIS): Challenges and Competitions

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Challenges and Competitions

The U.S. Department of Energy is recruiting students to participate in the 2022 Geothermal Collegiate Competition.



The Geothermal Collegiate Competition welcomes teams of at least three students from a broad spectrum of disciplines. The competition is open to students enrolled at accredited collegiate institutions regardless of preexisting knowledge or faculty advisor expertise.

In this competition, you will assume the role of a geothermal developer leveraging a geothermal application to heat and cool buildings, campuses, and districts. Teams are highly encouraged to select sites located in an area that would benefit disadvantaged communities and underrepresented groups.

Teams can participate as part of a club or extracurricular activity, as a formal component of their coursework, to earn independent study credit, or within a senior design or capstone program. Additional students can join teams at any time.

This academic year-long project starts in August 2021 and will culminate in May 2022.

·       Interested in learning more or need a promotional flyer to help spread the word? Please respond to this email and I’ll happily share more information.

·       Join us for an informational webinar on Sept. 14, 2021 at 11 a.m. MDT. Register for the webinar here.

·       Ready to confirm a team? Join the Geothermal Collegiate Competition on HeroX. Create an account and submit a progress form on or before Nov. 4, 2021.


As part of their entry, teams will provide justification for their district selection; analyze information including the geothermal resource, energy consumption, and cost data; and provide a preliminary economic feasibility analysis and a strategy for stakeholder engagement. Teams will also present their project in a video.



Participation in this competition is free and offers students the chance to win national recognition, earn cash prizes of up to $10,000, and gain real-world renewable energy industry experience.


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