Cartography Specialty Group

Student Competitions


2010 Cartography/GIS/Remote Sensing Specialty Groups

Student Illustrated Paper Competition

Call for Papers

The Cartography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce the RSSG/GIS/CSG 2009-2010 Illustrated Paper Competition for Students. Students at all academic levels are invited to submit illustrated papers that advance any aspect of remote sensing, GIS, or cartography. Research must have been completed within the past academic year, during the author’s undergraduate or graduate studies, and can include thesis and dissertation topics. Illustrated papers must be completed entirely by the applicant; however, thesis or dissertation advisors can be co-authors. Students selected as finalists will be placed in a special illustrated paper session at the Annual Meeting to be held April 14-18, 2010 in Washington D.C..

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. Each presenter will be provided a microphone; however, 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 (1) an abstract, (2) the advisors form, and (3) a copy of the email receipt received from the AAG online abstract submission process. The advisor’s form is posted at the RSSG web page ( The deadline for abstract submission to this competition is October 20th, 2009, approximately one week prior to the final AAG Abstracts Submission date as posted at the AAG website ( to allow non-finalists to be placed in other sessions of their choice. Up to 15 finalists will be chosen. 


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. An undergraduate award may also be made to an outstanding undergraduate researcher. The Annual Banquet fee will be covered for all winners. The committee reserves the right to not offer such prizes if the papers are not of appropriate quality.


Posters and oral summaries will be judged on potential contribution to any of the sponsoring fields, 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 Director Benjamin Tuttle. Please use 2010 AAG Student Illustrated Paper Competition as the subject of your email message(s). The advisor’s form may be submitted separately. You will not be considered for the competition without submitting this information to the RSSG Student Director by the deadline above.

Contact Info:

Benjamin Tuttle