Emerging Scholar Award

The emerging scholar award honors early- to mid-career scholars who have made significant contributions to education and research initiatives that are congruent with the mission of AAG-SAM. The candidates must have received their Ph.D. within the last 10 years and must be a member of the AAG-SAM at the time that the person is being nominated.

2020 Awardee:Ran Wei from University of California, Riverside

Dr. Ran Wei is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside. She received her Ph.D. from the Arizona State University back to 2013.

Wei’s research has focused on GISciences, spatial analysis and optimization, with the aim of supporting policy and decision making in transportation, energy infrastructure, environment sustainability, community resilience, public health, and crime issues. Her work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals including Geographical Analysis, International Journal of Geographic Information Science, the Professional Geographer, Journal of Geographical Systems, Environment and Planning B, Transactions in GIS, and Annals of the Association of American Geographers. In addition, she was the recipient of 2012 Benjamin Stevens Fellowship from the Regional Science Association International, Best Student Paper awards from the Spatial Analysis and Modeling specialty group of the American Association of Geographers and the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Utah Transit Authorities, U.S. Department of Transportation, National Academies of Sciences, and Regional Science Association International.

Past Awardees


Wenwen Li from Arizona State University


Steven Farber from University of Toronto at Scarboroughs


Yongwan Chun from The University of Texas at Dallas

Xing-Jian Liu from University of Hong Kong

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