Title: Raskin Scholarship
Award: $5000/year + Travel to an ESIP Meeting
Eligibility: Graduate Students, Post-Docs, and Early Career (5-years post degree) Individuals
Contact & Application Submission:
Deadline: The deadline for 2020 has passed

# of awards: 1

In March 2012, ESIP lost long-time member, Rob Raskin. Rob was soft-spoken, easy-going, wise and an Earth science information partner extraordinaire. Rob was a mentor to many aspiring Earth science data professionals. In collaboration with Rob’s family, ESIP remembers Rob and his dedication to support the next generation of Earth science data and technology leaders through the Robert G. Raskin Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded annually to an individual in the Earth or computer sciences who has an interest in community evolution of Earth science data systems. The Raskin Scholarship seeks to promote collaboration, research support, and exposure for talented students in the Earth or computer sciences. Special attention will be given to applicants demonstrating an interest in semantics, GIS, cyberinfrastructure and computing in the geosciences. The Scholarship will provide a $5000 award and travel support to the ESIP Summer Meeting where they will have an invited talk covering their field of interest.

Past Scholars

  • 2020 – Jackie Guz
  • 2019 – Kai Blumberg
  • 2018 – Sara Lafia
  • 2017 – Caren Remillard
  • 2016 – Amanda Weigel
  • 2015 – Christine Waigl
  • 2014 – Zhenlong Li

Graduate students, post-docs and early-career (< 5 years post graduation) individuals are eligible to apply. To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must be in an Earth science, computer science or closely related discipline. Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate a connection to ESIP-related activities. Applicants must be a US citizen.

Application Procedure
Applicants for the scholarship will send the following to

  • A statement of interest of why s/he is applying for the Raskin scholarship
  • Official transcript and CV with publication record
  • The applicant should also request three letters of recommendation from current professors/mentors (sent directly to

NOTE: Only applications that are complete (including recommendations letters) by the above-mentioned deadline will be considered. Applications will be reviewed and the awardee will be selected by a special ESIP committee and be notified on or around April 15th.