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Students Encouraged to Submit Papers on Geographic Information Science

September 09, 2013

The Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group (GISS-SG) of the Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce the 2014 Honors Competition for Student Papers on Geographic Information Science (GIS) topics to be presented at the AAG annual meeting to be held April 8-12, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. The purpose of this competition is to promote scholarship and written and oral presentation by students in the field of GIS. Papers are invited from current graduate and undergraduate students on any topic in geographical information systems and geographic information science.

Any paper that advances any aspect of GIS is welcome. The group encourages papers on theoretical, conceptual, and methodological developments in GIS as well as on particular innovative GIS applications. Papers must be based upon original work, completed as an undergraduate or graduate student, relevant to the field of GIS and current GIS research. Papers must be mainly written by the applicant, but having co-authors is allowed. Students who are selected as finalists will be placed in a special session at the annual meeting. The only exception is a student who is also selected as a Nystrom Dissertation Award finalist, in which case, he or she may present in the Nystrom paper session instead.


October 18, 2013 - Abstract Due
February 1, 2014 - Full Paper Due


Up to five finalists (one session) will be selected on the basis of the quality of extended abstracts andprovided with $500 each to attend the conference The extended abstract of about 1,000 words is used by the GISS-SG Awards Committee to choose the competition finalists. Finalists must submit a paper of a substantive nature that constitutes an expanded discussion of the material to be presented orally at the annual meeting. Subsequent to the oral presentations by the finalists, there will be special awards for the 1st and 2nd-place presenters. The prizes of $500 for 1st place and $250 for 2nd place will be determined immediately following the special presentation session.

The awards committee reserves the right to not offer such prizes if the papers are not of sufficiently high quality. The 1st and 2nd-place awards are decided on the basis of the written paper and the oral presentation. They will also receive tickets to attend the AAG Awards Luncheon, and results of the competition will be published in the AAG Newsletter and the GISSSG newsletter, as well as on the specialty group's web page.

For eligibility, application guidelines and more information, visit the website.

Send all submissions and inquiries to:

Dr. Somayeh Dodge
Academic Councilor, Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Columbine Hall, Room 2022
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918


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