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 ( 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


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 (; 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 ( 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.


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.


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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