Two FHSU faculty members receive grant for GIS project

Two Fort Hays State University faculty members have received confirmation that a grant proposal in which they are co-investigators has been funded.

The proposal was produced by the Conservation and Survey Division of the Nebraska Geological Survey at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The United States Geological Survey funded the proposal as part of the Statemap Program. The overall project includes several subprojects to map the geology of northwest Nebraska and digitize the information.

Fort Hays State University faculty Greg Liggett, assistant director of the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, and Dr. Richard Lisichenko, assistant professor of geosciences, will be working with faculty at UNL to digitize the data into a geographic information system (GIS) format.

The total value of that subproject is $96,342. The money that comes to FHSU will be used for supplies and to hire students in the Geosciences Department.

"Students from FHSU will be doing most of the work, and gaining invaluable real-world experiences," said Liggett. "This really gives them a head start when they are looking for employment after graduation."

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