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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