2010 Cartography Specialty Group Honors Student Paper Competition
Call for Abstracts
The Cartography Specialty Group (CSG) of the Association of American
Geographers is pleased to announce the 2010 Honors Student Paper
Competition to be presented at the AAG Annual Meeting in Washington DC
(April 14-18, 2010). The purpose of this competition is to promote
written scholarship and high quality presentation by students in the
field of cartography and geovisualization.
We invite students to submit full papers to the competition and present
those papers at a special session of the 2010 AAG.
The competition is open to students at all academic levels. A student
must be currently enrolled in an accredited two or four year
institution. Applicants must also be a current member of the AAG
Cartography Specialty Group (CSG). Any paper authored and presented by
a student is eligible for the competition, provided the paper has not
already been published or presented somewhere else.
Guidelines for Applications:
To be considered for participation in the CSG paper competition, an
extended abstract of approximately 250 words that describes an ongoing
or complete research investigation must be submitted electronically as
an attachment (Microsoft Word) to Sarah Battersby at
email@example.com. An abstract submission must be in Microsoft
Word format, with 12-point Times New Roman font, one inch margins with
left justification (ragged right), and single-spaced lines. Applicants
must clearly indicate that they wish to be considered for the CSG
Student Paper Competition.
Applicants must register for the 2010 AAG Annual Meeting before
submitting an abstract to the CSG student paper competition. Please
submit an AAG participant number which is issued when successfully
registering for the AAG meeting with your abstract. For detailed
instructions on how to acquire a participant number for the annual
meeting, see the AAG web page
The abstract and participant code are due to Sarah Battersby
(firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 14, 2009.
Abstracts and written papers will be judged by the CSG Awards Committee
on several criteria: potential contribution to the field of cartography
and geovisualization, originality, appropriate use of methodology,
scholarship, organization, and written composition. The oral
presentation of papers will be judged on professional delivery,
organization, clarity, and appropriate use of graphics. Judging will
take into account the academic level of the applicants.
Finalists will be notified of the acceptance of their abstract via
e-mail no later than October 21, 2009. Each finalist will be asked to
submit a full paper of approximately 6,000 words to be considered for
presentation at the 2010 AAG Annual Meeting. The deadline for
submission of full papers is March 24, 2010.
We especially encourage papers on theoretical, conceptual, and
methodological developments in cartography and geovisualization rather
than on particular mapping applications. Papers must be written entirely
by the applicant. Students who are selected as finalists will be placed
in a special session at the annual meeting. The only exception is a
student who is also selected as a Nystrom Dissertation Award finalist,
in which case, he or she may present in the Nystrom paper session
Papers, including the related bibliography and associated tables and
figures, must be submitted in the format used by the Cartography and
Geographic Information Society (for details see
cover page should include the student author's name, academic
affiliation, faculty advisor for the paper, mailing address, phone
number, and e-mail address. The second page should include only the
title of the paper and the abstract. The content of the paper should
begin on the third page.
The final written paper should be submitted electronically via e-mail to
Sarah Battersby (email@example.com) as a Microsoft Word document
attachment (12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins with left
justification, and double spaced). The content of the paper, including
text, references, figures and tables, is limited to about 20 pages in
length and should not exceed 6,000 words.
Up to five competition finalists will be selected by the CSG Awards
Committee on the basis of the quality of their abstracts. Each finalist
will be awarded a full student registration to attend the 2010 AAG
Annual Meeting in Washington DC. The first place winner will receive a
$100 cash prize.
The awards committee reserves the right not to offer such prizes if the
papers are not a professional 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
specialty group's web page.
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University of South Carolina
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