Competitions & Awards

Each year, the GISS Specialty Group honors AAG student and professional AAG members through the selection and awarding of several distinguished awards.

These include the following:

GISS Honors Competition for Student Papers

The purpose of this competition is to promote scholarship and written and oral presentation by students in the field of GIS. Papers are invited from current graduate and undergraduate students on any topic in geographical information systems and geographic information science.

Any paper that advances any aspect of GIS is welcome. We encourage papers on theoretical, conceptual, and methodological developments in GIS as well as on particular innovative GIS applications. Papers must be based upon original work, completed as an undergraduate or graduate student, relevant to the field of GIS and current GIS research. Papers must be mainly written by the applicant, but having co-authors is allowed. 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 instead.

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Aangeenbrug Award

The Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group (GISSG) seeks to honor senior scholars for sustained and effective research contributions in geographic information science and/or systems. This honor, the Dr. Robert Aangeenbrug Distinguished Career Award, is bestowed once each year based on a protracted record of published research and/or other outstanding achievements. Nominations will be judged by the Awards Committee consisting of three GISSG board members.

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The Waldo Tobler Distinguished Lecture in GIScience

Each year, the AAG Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group and the GIScience Journal Transactions in GIS collaborate to honor the legacy of Waldo Tobler by hosting a sponsored session, “The Waldo Tobler Distinguished Lecture in GIScience”, featuring a leading light in the field of GIScience.

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