Thacher Environmental Research Contest
The Thacher Environmental Research Contest (formerly the Thacher Scholars Award) is a national competition for secondary school students founded by IGES in honor of former IGES board member Peter Thacher, who died in 1999. Peter Thacher was former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), deputy executive director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), NASA advisor and, at the time of his death, president of the Earth Council Foundation/U.S. He was a leader in promoting the use of satellite remote sensing.
Prizes are awarded annually to secondary school students (grades 9-12) designing and conducting the best projects using satellite remote sensing of the Earth. Three cash awards will be given – 1st place – $2,000, 2nd place – $1,000 and 3rd place – $500.
The Thacher Environmental Research Contest, sponsored by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, challenges high school students (grades 9-12) to conduct innovative research on our changing planet using the latest geospatial tools and data, which in recent years have become increasingly accessible to the public.