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2019 Student Illustrated Paper Competition

Sponsored by the Remote Sensing/GIS Specialty Groups

Call for Papers

AAG Annual Meeting, April 3-7, 2019, Washington, DC

The Remote Sensing Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 Illustrated Paper Competition for Students. Students from all academic levels are invited to submit illustrated papers that advance remote sensing and/or GIS. 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 3-7, 2019 in Washington, DC.

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 electronically submit 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 form may be found at The deadline for abstract submission to this competition is the same as the final AAG abstract submission deadline (Oct.25 2018). Up to 10 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: $300 for the first place illustrated paper, $200 for second place, and $100 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.


Posters and oral summaries will be judged on potential contribution to one or more of the sponsoring fields (Remote Sensing and GIS), 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 Yingbin Deng Please use “2019 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 final AAG abstract submission deadline (Oct.25 2018).

Contact Person: Yingbin Deng (, RSSG Student Co-Director