Joseph Dymond Award
The Joseph Dymond Award was established by the GW Department of Geography in 2019 through the generous contributions of family, friends and colleagues. The fund is named in memory of Professor Dymond, who passed away that year. In 2021, the department honored its first class of Joseph Dymond Awardees.
About the Scholarship
Geography Professor Joseph Dymond believed in the power of geography and mapping to do practical things, and to make people’s lives better. He enthusiastically supported the department’s cutting-edge efforts to teach GW students new geospatial technologies in open source mapping and, particularly, OpenStreetMap (OSM). He attended workshops in the US and around the world through his engagement with YouthMappers. He took special pride in the establishment of the student-run Humanitarian Mapping Society at GW (HMSGW). This group is part of the MissingMaps network, founded by American Red Cross, British Red Cross, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and Doctors without Borders. The Humanitarian Mapping Society is also a founding chapter of YouthMappers, an international network of student-run chapters in 250 universities around the world.
The scholarship honors his advocacy for student service on behalf of others, his support for mapping that empowers vulnerable communities, promotes development and enables international and local organizations to improve their response to crises.
The 2022 recipients are Elodie Nix, Pauline Mnev and Kai Hall.