Call for Papers: 2015 Student Illustrated Paper Competition

2015 Student Illustrated Paper Competition
Sponsored by the Remote Sensing/GIS/Cartography Specialty Groups
AAG Annual Meeting, April 21‐25, 2015, Chicago, Illinois

The Remote Sensing Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce the 2014‐2015 Illustrated Paper Competition for Students. Students from all academic levels are invited to submit illustrated papers that advance remote sensing, GIS, and/or cartography. Research must have been completed within the past academic year as part of the applicant’s undergraduate or graduate studies.  Illustrated papers must be created entirely by the applicant. While papers may include co‐authors, the applicant must be primarily responsible for the research presented.  Students selected as finalists will be placed in a special illustrated paper session at the Annual Meeting to be held April 21‐25, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois.

Illustrated Paper Information
An illustrated paper is a poster accompanied by a short (3‐ to 5‐minute) oral summary of the research problem, data, methods, and findings, followed by a one‐on‐one or small group discussion at individual posters. All oral summaries will be given at the beginning of each illustrated paper session before participants disperse to the poster boards around the room. Oral summaries must be given without the use of additional AV equipment (e.g., laptops and projectors). Each presenter will be provided a 4′ tall x 8′ wide board on which to display their poster and materials.

Submission Requirements  
Students who are interested should submit electronically the following: (1) an abstract, (2) the advisor’s form, and(3) a copy of the email receipt received from the AAG online abstract submission process (which includes the PIN). The advisor’s form is posted on the RSSG web page (http://www.aagrssg.org/awards.html). The deadline for abstract submission to this competition is October 29, 2014, one week prior to the date of the final AAG Abstracts Submission date as posted on the AAG website (http://www.aag.org) to allow non‐finalists to be placed in other sessions of their choice.  Up to 10 finalists will be chosen.

Awards
First, second, and third place awards will be determined immediately following the competition sessions and awarded at the Awards Luncheon.  The prizes are: $500 for the first place illustrated paper, $250 for second place, and $150 for third place. The first place award will be presented at the AAG Annual Awards Luncheon and the luncheon fee will be covered for the first place winner. The committee reserves the right to not offer such prizes if the papers are not of appropriate quality.

Judging
Posters and oral summaries will be judged on potential contribution to two or more of the sponsoring fields (Remote Sensing, GIS, and Cartography), originality, appropriate use of methodology, organization and composition, clarity, and appropriate use of graphics.  Evaluation will take into account the academic level of the entrants.

Instructions for Submission of Abstracts and Advisor’s Form
Submit all materials by email to the RSSG Student Co‐Director Shuvankar Ghosh (shubho@uga.edu). Please use “2015 AAG Student Illustrated Paper Competition” as the subject of your email message(s). The advisor’s form may be submitted separately. All three submission requirements must be received by the RSSG Student Director by the deadline (October 29, 2014).

Contact Person:  Shuvankar Ghosh (shubho@uga.edu), RSSG Student Co‐Director

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Announcement: 2015 Honors Student Paper Competition

The Cartography Specialty Group (CSG) of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) is pleased to announce the 2015 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 2015 AAG Meeting in Chicago, IL (April 21-25th, 2015).

The CSG Honors Student Paper Competition presents an opportunity to receive feedback on student research from leading scholars in the fields of Cartography and Geovisualization. Participants will receive a set of three reviews, with comments provided to help improve the manuscript for publication. Finalists are awarded a full student registration to attend the 2015 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); we now have several past competition participants that were successful in publishing their research through this outlet.

To be considered for the CSG Honors Paper Competition, email your AAG abstract and PIN number to Stephanie Deitrick (stephanie.deitrick@asu.edu) and Robert Roth (reroth@wisc.edu) by November 5th, 2014 (the AAG abstract deadline).

Important Dates:
November 5th, 2014: Abstracts due
November 14th, 2014: Finalists notified
March 16th, 2015: Full papers due
April 21-25th, 2015: 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.

Abstract Application:
To be considered for the CSG Honors Paper Competition, applicants first must register for the 2015 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 Stephanie Deitrick (stephanie.deitrick@asu.edu) and Robert Roth (reroth@wisc.edu); abstracts must be submitted electronically by November 5th, 2014.

Finalists will be notified of the acceptance of their abstract via email no later than November 14th. 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 2014 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. There is no minimum or maximum page length. The final written paper should be emailed to Stephanie Deitrick (stephanie.deitrick@asu.edu) and Robert Roth (reroth@wisc.edu) as a Microsoft Word document. The deadline for submission of full papers is March 16th, 2015.

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 2015 AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago. 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.

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:
Stephanie Deitrick | stephanie.deitrick@asu.edu
Department of Geography
Arizona State University

Robert E. Roth | reroth@wisc.edu
Department of Geography
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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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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