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 ( 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


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 (; 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: 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 ( 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.


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.


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 |
Department of Geography
University of Wisconsin-Madison
550 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706


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