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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