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2017 Student Honors Paper Competition

Sponsored by the AAG Remote Sensing and GIS Specialty Groups

Call for Papers AAG Annual Meeting, April 5-April 9, 2017, Boston, Massachusetts

The Remote Sensing Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Honors Competition for Student Papers. Students from all academic levels are invited to submit original research on all topics in the field of remote sensing and GIS. Research must have been completed within the past academic year during the applicant’s undergraduate or graduate studies and can include thesis and dissertation topics. The applicant must still be a student at the time of presentation. 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 honors paper session at the Annual Meeting to be held April 5-April 9, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Paper Information

Students who are interested should submit electronically: (1) a copy of the email receipt received from the AAG online abstract submission process; (2) an extended abstract, which is different than the regular AAG abstract (see below), and (3) the advisor's form. The deadline for the extended abstract submission to this competition is the same as the final AAG abstract submission deadline​. Finalists will need to submit their completed paper by January 23, 2017 ​(instructions below).

Extended Abstract Guidelines

The extended abstract will be used to determine up to 10 competition finalists. Please follow the guidelines below when preparing extended abstracts:

  • Title, author(s) names, and contact information of the author(s)
  • 400‐800 words in length
  • Summarize the primary objective, methodology, results, and conclusions of the study
  • Include references and citations. Words used in reference list do not count toward the word count for the extended abstract.
  • Include an additional single page of 1‐2 figures, if necessary
  • Submit abstract in Microsoft Word document

Paper Guidelines and Structure

Selected finalists will be required to submit one digital copy of their completed papers in Microsoft Word format, which must be prepared in accordance with the format of the PE&RS Journal. Manuscript guidelines for PE&RS can be found on the ASPRS website ( The length of the papers MUST NOT EXCEED 20 pages including tables and figures. There will be strict enforcement of the page limit and formatting requirements of the papers (i.e. double spaced text, 1.25" margins and 11/12-point font). The deadline for completed paper submission is January 23, 2017​. Papers will be evaluated on content, research design, and overall quality. Presentations will be evaluated on content, visual aids, and overall presentation quality. Evaluation will take into account the academic level of the entrant.


First, second, and third place awards will be determined following the competition sessions. The prizes are: The prizes are: $500 for the first place paper, $250 for second place, and a license of TerrSet software provided by Clark Labs for third place. An undergraduate award may also be made to an outstanding undergraduate researcher. 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.


Submit all materials by email to the RSSG Student Co-Director Nathan Gill ( Please use "2017 AAG Student Honors Paper Competition" as the subject of your email message(s). The advisor's form may be submitted separately. The extended abstract, AAG email receipt, and advisor's form must be submitted to the RSSG Student Director by the final AAG abstract submission deadline. The completed paper must be submitted by January 23, 2017

Contact Person: ​Nathan Gill (, RSSG Student Co-Director