Mary Schorse received the Geographic Information System (GIS) in Education Award at the Delmarva GIS Conference which was held this year May 12-13. At each conference, the Delaware Geographic Data Committee (DGDC) honors two people, one with the Delmarva Geographic Community Service Award and one with the GIS in Education Award.

Schorse leads many K-12 education and outreach activities, and currently serves as the Director of the Delaware Center for Geographic Education housed in the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences in UD’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment. Together with Tracy DeLiberty, associate professor in the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences, Schorse taught a dual enrollment course at Newark High School this past year.

In addition, Schorse initiated the Delaware Geospatial Educational Partnership between UD and Delaware Technical Community College for the purpose of creating a Geospatial Technologies Career and Educational Pathway. To expand its reach, Dr. Schorse is broadening the Partnership to include Delaware State and Wilmington Universities, and to insert GIS technology into select pathways already offered at traditional public and votech high schools.