Call for Master’s Thesis Grant Applications

Applications for the next round of AAG Cartography Specialty Group Master’s Thesis Research Grants are due by November 15th, 2014.

Masters students enrolled full time are invited to apply for the CSG Master’s Thesis Research Grants. These grants are intended to promote scholarly research in cartography by students enrolled in Geography or a related degree program. Grants are available up to a maximum of $500 and may be used for items necessary and relevant to research, such as travel, materials, equipment, and human subject fees.

Applications and inquiries should be directed to the CSG Non-Academic Director, Sarah Bell, at sbell@esri.com.

For more information and the application form, please visit:

http://www.csun.edu/~hfgeg003/csg/master.html

You can also access that page from the Awards and Competitions section of the main CSG Web site:

http://www.csun.edu/~hfgeg003/csg/

Please share this announcement with your students or other organizations that may have potential applicants.

Good luck in the competition!


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Sarah Bell
Esri
sbell@esri.com
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CSG sessions at AAG 2015, Chicago, IL

As you plan for the AAG in Chicago, please consider organizing or participating in CSG sponsored sessions to showcase your research. As cartographers, we have a unique perspective that allows us to make important contributions to our understanding of new technologies including web mapping, VGI, mobile, 3D-modeling and more. We also have a strong tradition of research in visualization, spatial cognition and geography education. If you are organizing a session that would be of interest to CSG members, please contact me (bjkronenfeld@eiu.edu) with a brief description of your session. The deadline for session and abstract submission this year is Nov. 5th. I look forward to seeing you in April!

Barry Kronenfeld
Eastern Illinois University
bjkronenfeld@eiu.edu

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Cartography Specialty Group Selects Joel Radunzel for Master’s Thesis Grant

The most recent recipient of AAG’s Cartography Specialty Group (CSG) Master’s Thesis Grant was announced in July. Joel Radunzel of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University was awarded the grant for his thesis proposal entitled “Position Mapping: Cartography, Intelligence, and the Third Battle of Gaza, 1917.” Radunzel’s research includes an examination of historical World War I maps while building upon David Woodward’s cartographic framework in order to provide a deeper understanding of the history of cartography. Radunzel’s thesis work also aims to provide insight into current cartographic techniques through his analysis of the historical WWI maps. We are looking forward to Radunzel’s research results.

The CSG Master’s Thesis Research Grants are intended to promote scholarly research in cartography to students who are currently enrolled in Geography or a related degree program. Applications to the upcoming grant are due November 1, 2014. Visit the CSG site for more information about the CSG Master’s Thesis Research Grant.

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Announcement: 2013 Honors Student Paper Competition

The Cartography Specialty Group (CSG) of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) is pleased to announce the 2013 Honors Student Paper Competition. We invite students to submit abstracts to the competition and to present those papers during the CSG Honors Student Special Session at the 2013 AAG Meeting in Los Angeles, CA (April 9-13, 2013).

The CSG Honors Student Paper Competition presents an opportunity to receive feedback on student research from leading scholars within the fields of Cartography and Geovisualization. Finalists are awarded a full student registration to attend the 2013 AAG Annual Meeting, while the First Place paper is awarded an additional $100 prize and recognized at the awards banquet. Finally, finalists are encouraged to expand and refine their papers into full articles for consideration of publication in Cartographic Perspectives (and CP’s $1350 student paper prize)

To be considered for the CSG Honors Paper Competition, email your AAG abstract and PIN number to Robert Roth (reroth@wisc.edu) by NOVEMBER 14th, 2012 (the AAG abstract deadline).

Important Dates:

NOVEMBER 14th, 2012: Abstracts due
• November 26th, 2012: Finalists notified
• March 1st, 2013: Full papers due
• April 9-13, 2013: AAG Meeting

Eligibility:

The competition is open to students at all academic levels. The presenting author must be the first author on the paper and must be enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year institution; coauthorship with faculty advisors is allowed. We especially welcome papers on theoretical, conceptual, and methodological developments in Cartography and Geovisualization, rather than on particular mapping applications. Applicants must be members of the CSG.

Abstract Application:

To be considered for the CSG Honors Paper Competition, applicants first must register for the 2012 AAG Conference and then upload an abstract of the paper under the Paper Presentation category. Abstracts should conform to the format required by the AAG. Once submitted, the abstract and associated PIN number should be emailed to Robert Roth (reroth@wisc.edu); abstracts must be submitted electronically by NOVEMBER 14th, 2012.

Finalists will be notified of the acceptance of their abstract via email no later than November 26th, 2012. Each finalist is required to submit a full paper describing their research and to present their research during the CSG Honors Student Special Session at the 2013 AAG Meeting (unless the paper also is a finalist for a Nystrom Award).

Paper Submission:

Finalists in the CSG Honors Paper Competition must submit a paper describing their research in the format used by Cartographic Perspectives. Include a cover page with your name, academic affiliation, faculty advisor, mailing address, phone number, and email address. The second page of the paper should include only the title of the paper and the paper abstract, as submitted for consideration in the CSG Honors Paper Competition. The content of the paper should begin on the third page.

The final written paper should be emailed to Robert Roth (reroth@wisc.edu) as a Microsoft Word document. The content of the paper—excluding references, figures, and tables—cannot exceed 6,000 words and may be shorter if appropriate. The deadline for submission of full papers is March 1st, 2013.

Awards

Up to five finalists will be selected by the CSG Awards Committee based on the quality of their abstracts. Each finalist will be awarded a full student registration to attend the 2013 AAG Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA. The first place winner will receive an additional $100 cash prize.

The CSG Awards Committee reserves the right not to offer such prizes if the papers are not of acceptable quality. The award will be decided on the basis of the written paper and the oral presentation. The results of the competition will be published in the AAG Newsletter and on the CSG’s web page.

Judging:

Abstracts and written papers are judged by the CSG Awards Committee on originality, potential contribution to the fields of Cartography and Geovisualization, appropriate use of empirical methods, and written composition. The oral presentations of papers during the Special Session are judged on professional delivery, organization, clarity, and appropriate use of graphics. Judging will take into account the academic level of the student.

Contact Information:

Robert E. Roth | reroth@wisc.edu
Department of Geography
University of Wisconsin-Madison
550 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

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Congratulations to the 2011 CSG Master’s Thesis Grants winners

The CSG is pleased to announce that it awarded a total of $750 to four Master’s students in 2011 to help defray research costs associated with their theses.

The winners of the CSG Master’s Thesis Grants from the past year were recognized at the CSG business meeting at the AAG Annual Meeting in New York.

The 2011 recipients were:

  • Nicholas Perdue, Department of Geography, Michigan State University, advised by Kirk Goldsberry: “Mapping Personal Space”
  • Nicole Stotz, Department of Geography, San Diego State University, advised by Ming-Hsiang Tsou: “Adopting User-Center Design (UCD) Methods for Cloud-based GIS Mapping Services: A Usability Study of Google Fusion Table Mashups”
  • David Massey, Department of Geography, The Ohio State University, advised by Ola Ahlqvist : “Expert and Non-Expert Decision Making in a Participatory Game Simulation: A Farming Scenario in Athienou, Cyprus.”
  • Jennifer Smith, Department of Geography, San Diego State University, advised by Ming-Hsiang Tsou: “Effective Color Schemes for 3D Animations of Urban Landscapes with a Spatial and Temporal Dimension.”

Please join us in congratulating these students and wishing them all the best with their work!

For more information on the CSG Master’s Thesis Grants, keep checking CartoNews or visit http://www.csun.edu/%7Ehfgeg003/csg/master.html. The grants are given three times annually. Deadlines for application are March 15th, June 15th, and November 1st of each year.

Rhonda Glennon
Esri
CSG Non-Academic Director, 2010-2012

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Cartography students presented with awards at the 2012 Annual Meeting

The AAG Cartography Special Group presented cartography students with three sets of awards at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the AAG in New York.

Nick Perdue: Mapping Personal Living Space

Nick Perdue: Mapping Personal Living Space

The 2012 AAG-CSG Honors Student Paper Competition was held on Friday, 2/24 and was well-attended by AAG-CSG members. Four students were identified as finalists and received reimbursement for their AAG registration as well as a book of their choosing from Esri Press; the 1st Place recipient was awarded an extra $100 prize. In addition to the presentations, students received journal-like reviews on their work by three judges and were encouraged to submit a revised manuscript for publication in Cartographic Perspectives. Presenters and titles included:

  • 1st Place: Nick Perdue (Michigan State) Mapping Personal Living Space: Rethinking Urban Populations [abstract] [example maps]
  • Finalist: Raechel Bianchetti (Penn State) Visualization Variables in Cartography and Aerial Photo Interpretation [abstract]
  • Finalist: Shaun Fontanella (Ohio State) Teaching Geography with GIS Based Games [abstract]
  • Finalist: Owen Mo (Cal State) Mapping Potential Metro Rail Ridership in Los Angeles County [abstract]

The 2012 Illustrated Paper Competition, jointly managed by the Cartography, GIS, and Remote Sensing Specialty Groups, also was held on Friday, 2/24. There were six posters accepted as finalists into the competition; the top three posters received monetary awards of $500, $250, and $150. Presenters and titles included:

  • 1st Place: Andrew Shatz, John Rogan, Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberg, and Hao Chen (Clark): Creating and Analyzing a Time Series of Species Distribution Models: Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) in Worchester County, MA [abstract]
  • 2nd Place: Marion Clement, Kae Yamane, and James K. Mitchell (Rutgers): The Shantytown Mapping Project: Google Earth in the Study of Urban Shantytowns [update]
  • 3rd Place: Shanshan Cai and Desheng Liu (Ohio State): Combining Object-based Classification Approach with Pixel-based Contextual Classification on Airborne High Spatial Resolution Remote Sensing Imagery [abstract]
  • Finalist: Jorge V. Bajo (SUNY-Buffalo) Using GIS and Remote Sensing Techniques to Help with Community Mitigation and Volcanic Hazard Mapping [abstract]
  • Finalist: Lu Liang, Yan Lei Chen, and Peng Gong (UC-Berkeley) New Global Ecoregions for Land Cover Characterization [abstract]
  • Finalist: Xianwei Wang (Chinese Academy of Sciences) and Peng Gong (Tsinghua University) Lake Water-level Changes of 56 Large Lakes in China from 2003 to 2009 Based on ICESat/GLAS Data [abstract]
Graves

The Value of America's Forests: Sarah Graves

Finally, winners of the 2012 National Geographic Award in Mapping were announced at the Cartography Specialty Group Business Meeting. There were a large number of submissions to this year’s competition from nearly twenty different institutions; the 1st and 2nd place winners received monetary awards of $900 and $600 respectively while honorable mentions received maps from National Geographic.

  • 1st Place: Sarah Graves (UW-Madison) The Value of America’s Forests [full map]
  • 2nd Place: Brad Carter (Ryerson) Broken Windows and Violent Crime in Philadelphia [full map]
  • Honorable Mention: Dongsei Kim (Harvard) The Demilitarized Zone: Redrawing the 151 mile border between North and South Korea [full map]
  • Honorable Mention: David Himelman (Harvard) NORCs in NYC! [full map]
  • Honorable Mention: Pat Moriearty (UW-La Crosse) Global Unrest: The Face of a Changing World [full map]

The Cartography Specialty Group wishes to thank all students, advisors, and judges involved in the 2012 competitions; highly quality work was displayed across all three student outlets.

Please contact Robert Roth (reroth@wisc.edu) for questions about 2013 competitions as we grow closer to the meeting in Los Angeles.

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Announcement: 2012 Honors Student Paper Competition

The Cartography Specialty Group (CSG) of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) is pleased to announce the 2012 Honors Student Paper Competition. We invite students to submit abstracts to the competition and to present those papers during the CSG Honors Student Special Session at the 2012 AAG Meeting in New York, NY (February 24-28th, 2012).

The CSG Honors Student Paper Competition presents an opportunity interact with other leading cartography graduate students and to receive feedback on student research from leading scholars within the fields of Cartography and Geovisualization; finalists are encouraged to expand and refine their papers into full articles for consideration of publication in Cartographic Perspectives.

Finalists are awarded a full student registration to attend the 2012 AAG Annual Meeting, while the First Place paper is awarded an additional $100 prize.

To be considered for the CSG Honors Paper Competition, electronically send your AAG abstract and PIN number to Robert Roth (reroth@wisc.edu) by October 13th, 2011.

Important Dates:

• October 13th, 2011: Abstracts due
• November 3rd, 2011: Finalists notified
• January 15th, 2012: Full papers due
• February 24-28th, 2012: AAG Meeting

Eligibility:

The competition is open to students at all academic levels. Students currently must be enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year institution. Papers must be written entirely by the applicant. We especially welcome papers on theoretical, conceptual, and methodological developments in Cartography and Geovisualization, rather than on particular mapping applications. Applicants must be members of the CSG.

Abstract Application:

To be considered for the CSG Honors Paper Competition, applicants first must register for the 2012 AAG Conference and then upload an abstract of the paper under the Paper Presentation category. Abstracts should conform to the format required by the AAG. Once submitted, the abstract and associated PIN number should be sent to Robert Roth (reroth@wisc.edu); abstracts must be submitted electronically by October 13th, 2011.

Finalists will be notified of the acceptance of their abstract via email no later than November 3rd, 2011. Each finalist is required to submit a full paper describing their research and to present their research during the CSG Honors Student Special Session at the 2012 AAG Meeting (unless the paper also is a finalist for a Nystrom Award).

Paper Submission:

Finalists in the CSG Honors Paper Competition must submit a paper describing their research in the format used by Cartographic Perspectives: http://www.nacis.org/documents_upload/AuthorsInstructions.pdf. Include a cover page with your name, academic affiliation, faculty advisor, mailing address, phone number, and email address. The second page of the paper should include only the title of the paper and the paper abstract, as submitted for consideration in the CSG Honors Paper Competition. The content of the paper should begin on the third page.

The final written paper should be submitted electronically to Robert Roth (reroth@wisc.edu) as a Microsoft Word document. The content of the paper, including text, references, figures, and tables, cannot exceed 6,000 words and may be considerably shorter if appropriate. The deadline for submission of full papers is January 15th, 2012.

Awards

Up to five finalists will be selected by the CSG Awards Committee based on the quality of their abstracts. Each finalist will be awarded a full student registration to attend the 2012 AAG Annual Meeting in New York, NY. The first place winner will receive an additional $100 cash prize.

The CSG Awards Committee reserves the right not to offer such prizes if the papers are not of acceptable quality. The award will be decided on the basis of the written paper and the oral presentation. The results of the competition will be published in the AAG Newsletter and on the CSG’s web page.

Judging:

Abstracts and written papers are judged by the CSG Awards Committee on originality, potential contribution to the fields of Cartography and Geovisualization, appropriate use of empirical methods, and written composition. The oral presentations of papers during the Special Session are judged on professional delivery, organization, clarity, and appropriate use of graphics. Judging will take into account the academic level of the student.

Contact Information:

Robert E. Roth | reroth@wisc.edu
Department of Geography
University of Wisconsin-Madison
550 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

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