This final internship report is being submitted as an Alternate Plan Paper as partial fulfillment for the Degree of Master of Science in Geography at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The internship took place at the Center for Homicide Research (CHR) in Minneapolis, Minnesota from January through June of 2018.

This paper is organized into seven chapters. This chapter, Chapter 1, is the introduction to the internship. Chapter 2 examines the scope of the internship. It includes a background of CHR, the duties of a GIS Intern, and discusses the benefits of the internship. Chapter 3 details presentations that were made during the internship. Chapter 4 is a literature review of the history of crime mapping, and tools for crime mapping and crime analysis. Chapter 5 is a GIS based case study. My research on homicides lead to the development of a case study: Homicides in Minneapolis from 2012 through 2016. Much of the research was conducted online, but other records were obtained from physical sources, such as the Minnesota History Center. To present the findings, the open source GIS program QGIS was used, since it is the program CHR utilizes. The paper concludes with an evaluation of the significance of the internship.


Woo-Suk Jang

Committee Member

Fei Yuan

Committee Member

Rama Mohapatra

Committee Member

Jose Javier Lopez

Date of Degree




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Master of Science (MS)


Social and Behavioral Sciences



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