AAG Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group: Annual Student Paper Competition, Call for Abstracts

AAG Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group: Annual Student Paper Competition

AAG Meeting: Boston, MA – April 5-9, 2017

The Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group (GISS-SG) of the Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce the 2017 Honors Competition for Student Papers on Geographic Information Science (GIS) topics to be presented at the annual meeting. 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.


October 14, 2016 – Abstract Due
February 1, 2017 – Full Paper Due


Up to five finalists (one session) will be selected on the basis of the quality of extended abstracts and provided with $500 each to attend the conference. The extended abstract of about 1,000 words is used by the GISS-SG Awards Committee to choose the competition finalists. Finalists must submit a paper of a substantive nature that constitutes an expanded discussion of the material to be presented orally at the annual meeting. Subsequent to the oral presentations by the finalists, there will be special awards for the 1st and 2nd-place presenters. The prizes of $500 for 1st place and $250 for 2nd place will be determined immediately following the special presentation session.

The awards committee reserves the right to not offer such prizes if the papers are not of sufficiently high quality. The 1st and 2nd-place awards are decided on the basis of the written paper and the oral presentation. They will also receive tickets to attend the AAG Awards Luncheon, and results of the competition will be published in the AAG Newsletter and the GISSSG newsletter, as well as on the specialty group’s web page.


The competition is open to students at all academic levels. Any paper first-authored and presented by a student is eligible for the competition, provided the paper has not already been published or presented somewhere. There is no limitation on the number of co-authors, however, the applicant student is required to be the first author.

Applicants must be a current member of the AAG GISS Specialty Group (GISS-SG). For instructions on how to become a member of the Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group, simply contact the AAG. There are no student dues for the GISS-SG.


Extended abstracts and written papers will be judged by the GISS-SG Awards Committee (Chair, Vice Chair, Academic Counselor, and Student Representative) on several criteria: potential contribution to the field of GIS, 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.


Up to five competition finalists will be notified no later than October 21, 2016. Each finalist will be asked to submit a written paper of about 7,500 words, expanding on the material in the extended abstract.

This paper will be due no later than February 1, 2017. Details about the final written paper are provided lower on this page.


To be considered for participation in the GIS paper competition, an extended abstract must be submitted (about 1000 words). Electronic submission of the extended abstracts is encouraged (in Microsoft Word format, with 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, and single-spaced lines). Applicants must clearly indicate that they wish to be considered for the GISS-SG Student Paper Competition. All submissions not accepted for the competition by the awards committee will be incorporated into the AAG meeting program in other sessions.

Applicants must also submit an AAG participant number which is issued when successfully registering for the AAG meeting (in other words, you must register for the AAG meeting and submit a short abstract using the AAG’s registration website, before submitting your longer abstract to the GISS-SG competition). For detailed instructions on how to acquire a participant number for the annual meeting, see the AAG web page. The extended abstract and participant code are due to the GISS-SG Academic Councilor by October 14nd, 2016. Please send abstracts via email as an attachment (Microsoft Word or PDF) to Dr. Tom Crawford (crawfordtw@slu.edu).


Papers, including the related bibliography and associated tables and figures, must be submitted in the format used by the International Journal Geographical Information Science (see http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/13658816.asp for details). A cover page listing the student authors’ name, academic affiliation, faculty advisor for the paper, mailing address, phone numbers, and email address should also be included. 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 email to Dr. Tom Crawford (crawfordtw@slu.edu as a Microsoft Word document attachment (12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, double spaced). The content of the paper is limited to about 20 pages in length (text, references, figures and tables, about 5000-7500 words total).


See http://aag-giss.org/competitions-awards/student-honors-paper-competition/

Send all submissions and inquiries to:

Dr. Tom Crawford
Academic Councilor, Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group
Center for Sustainability
Saint Louis University
3694 West Pine Mall
Saint Louis, MO 63108

Email: crawfordtw@slu.edu


USNC travel funding for International Cartographic Conference (ICC)

The U.S. National Committee (USNC) to the International Cartographic Association (ICA) is pleased to announce the availability of travel funding to attend the 28th International Cartographic Conference (ICC) in Washington, DC, July 2-7, 2017. The deadline for applications is October 26. Please see the attached PDF for details.

The USNC will be meeting during AutoCarto 2016 which is being held in Albuquerque, NM, from September 14-16, 2016. The USNC meeting on Thursday, September 15th, will take place from 5:00-6:00 PM and is open to the public. Details about ICC 2017 and the related travel funding will be presented. Check the AutoCarto website for updates on the meeting location (http://www.unm.edu/~sfreunds/autocarto2016/Papers_and_posters.html ).

ICC 2017 Travel Funding Announcement

Free Summer Data Workshop: Place in Early Care and Education

Place in Early Care and Education: Using Geographic Information in NSECE Analyses June 21-23, Bethesda, MD

The National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) provides a national picture of families’ non parental care utilization, as well as characteristics of both home-based and center-based providers for children birth to age 13. The NSECE helps deepen our understanding of the extent to which families’ needs and preferences coordinate with providers’ offerings and constraints. The study and this workshop are funded by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The “Place in Early Care and Education” workshop–held June 21-23, 2016, in Bethesda, MD– will provide data users detailed training on various geographic data available for the NSECE and statistical issues associated with using them. Topics will include use of GIS data collected in the Household Survey, community characteristics merged in from the American Community Survey, reporting state-specific estimates, linking households and providers through the NSECE provider cluster, incorporating other data using geographic identifiers and managing disclosure risk in place-based analyses.

NSECE public-use data files are available for secondary analysis through Research Connections (www.researchconnections.org/childcare/studies/35519). Researchers will not be required to secure restricted use access to participate in the workshop, but many of the topics discussed can only be implemented using restricted use data. Participants will be expected to be familiar with the NSECE prior to attending the workshop.

The workshop is free, but space is limited. Participants must have experience with statistical programming using complex survey data. All applications should include: 1) a resume or curriculum vita, 2) a cover letter describing prior early care and education research experience, knowledge of statistical programming, and experience analyzing large, complex survey data, and 3) a brief description (less than 2 pages) of a possible research question(s) to be explored using the NSECE. Please include at least one original weighted tabulation of NSECE data in your submission.

There is no cost to participate in the workshop. Participants will be responsible for their own travel and food expenses. Applicants will be selected for participation on a rolling basis starting May 1. Submit applications or contact us with any questions at: nsece@norc.org.

Survey Research Methods: Call for Papers

Special Issue: Uses of Geographic Information Systems Tools in Survey Data Collection & Analysis
Guest Editor: Stephanie Eckman, RTI International

The application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related tools such as remote sensing to survey data collection and analysis has dramatically increased in recent years. Traditionally, GIS tools have been applied primarily in the frame construction, sampling, and data collection phases of survey research. More recently, researchers have begun to use records of interviewer travel to detect falsification and to study how to make data collection more efficient. The techniques of geostatistics and geospatial models can provide new methods for studying and reducing non-response and measurement error. We also see surveys merging in additional variables via GIS tools, for example, data on air pollution, access to grocery stores and parks, and others can be merged in once we know respondents’ locations. However, the use of location data in surveys also raises new issues of respondents’ and interviewers’ privacy. As these technologies become less expensive and easier to use, and geographic data becomes more widely available on the web, we expect survey researchers to find even more uses for these tools. While we embrace these tools, however, we should also maintain a healthy skepticism about their capabilities and limitations.

We encourage papers on all these topics, as well as related issues. Articles due by June 1, 2016. To submit, go to the SRM website (http://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/srm/) and upload the article as a PDF, just like a standard SRM article–be sure to mention the special issue in the field for “Author comments”.

Southeastern Geographer Call for Papers

The Southeastern Geographer, one of the premier regional geography journals in the United States, invites contributions from members of the AAG. The journal has published the academic work of geographers and other social and physical scientists since 1961. A substantive focus of the journal is to publish geographic research that engages with conditions and events in “the south”, broadly construed, as they relate to conditions and events that extend over broader geographical reaches.  The journal serves as a forum for exploring the physical, social, cultural, economic, and political diversity and broad climate and ecosystem variability that links “the south” to processes, flows, and conditions that extend across the country, continent and globe. We would like to encourage colleagues working in the general area of “GIS research” to consider submitting manuscripts to Southeastern Geographer

The journal also publishes approximately one special issue per year, and welcomes proposals for thematically or conceptually coherent special issues.  For author guidelines, visit sedaag.org/southeastern-geographer. See also the Southeastern Geographer’s profile in Project MUSE: muse.jhu.edu/journals/southeastern_geographer. Follow us on Twitter as well @SEGeographer

Assistant Professor in Geographic Information Sciences (GIS)

The Department of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor in Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) starting in August 2016. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in GIS, Geography or related fields at time of appointment. Areas of specialization may include, but are not limited to: spatial data mining, geospatial big data analytics, mobile mapping, cloud computing, geospatial cyber-infrastructure, social media, or related areas. The successful candidate is expected to show a strong potential for establishing a sustained, externally funded research program, teach undergraduate and graduate level GIS courses, and supervise M.S. and Ph.D. students. [More details …]

To be considered for this position, an official FAU application must be completed online.The application should include 1) a cover letter summarizing interest and qualifications, 2) separate, detailed statements of research and teaching profiles, 3) a curriculum vitae, 4) a list of three professional references, and 5) scanned full academic transcripts. Questions regarding this position may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Charles Roberts (croberts@fau.edu). Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2016, and continue until the position is filled.

CFP: International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling (SDH)

The 17th International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling (SDH)
Aug.18-20, 2016  Beijing, China
http://www.sdh2016.org; http://sdh2016.csp.escience.cn

You are cordially invited to submit paper or abstract at http://www.sdh2016.org. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Full papers of the accepted papers are required. Some selected papers will be included in the proceeding published by Springer. You are also welcome to organize special sessions. Please download the application form at http://www.sdh2016.org/dct/page/65558, and submit to sdh2016@lreis.ac.cn.

Important Dates:
Abstract and session proposal due: Feb.1, 2016
Abstract and Session proposal acceptance notice: Mar. 16, 2016
Full paper due: April 30, 2016
Full paper acceptance notice: July 1, 2016

Assistant Professor in Health/Medical/Population Geography

The Department of Geography at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in health/medical/population geography beginning in August, 2016. A Ph.D. in Geography or related field is required by the start of employment. We are looking for individuals with a strong background in GIS and data science who will excel at conducting research and providing graduate and undergraduate instructions using quantitative approaches.

Applicants must have expertise in GIS, spatial analysis and geovisualization and accomplishments in one or more of the following research areas: medical geography, epidemiology, health disparities, environmental impacts on health, public health, spatial accessibility to health services, and/or geodemographics. The successful applicant will demonstrate evidence for potential to produce externally funded research, to publish in prominent outlets, and to conduct interdisciplinary research. The position offers opportunities for collaboration with Department of Environmental Health at the UC College of Medicine, with the local branch of the EPA, and with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Applications must be submitted online by visiting here. In addition to the online application candidates must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and statements of research and teaching plans. Candidates must also provide the names and e-mail addresses for three professional references. For full consideration, applications should be received by November 30, 2015 but the position will remain open until it is filled.


Assistant Professor in Sustainability and Geographic Information Science

Temple University, Philadelphia PA. Temple University’s Department of Geography and Urban Studies (GUS) invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor beginning in academic year 2016-17. A Ph.D. in Geography or related field is required by the start of employment. We are looking for individuals who will excel at conducting research and providing graduate and undergraduate instruction in an interdisciplinary department. GUS (http://www.cla.temple.edu/gus/) offers two interdisciplinary undergraduate majors in Geography and Urban Studies and Environmental Studies. GUS also offers three graduate programs – a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Geography and Urban Studies and a Professional Science Masters in Geographic Information Systems.

The successful candidate must have strong research and teaching capabilities in the application of spatial modeling to human-environmental processes. Topical foci that are most desirable include spatial landscape ecology, land change monitoring and modeling, urbanization, human mobility patterns, hazards or disease distribution. The ability to complement one or more of the department’s core research areas in sustainability, social justice, globalization and geographic methods is desirable. The candidate should have complementary expertise in remote sensing, and in one or more of the following: geocomputational modeling, spatial statistics, and advanced techniques in GIS. It is desirable that these methods are applied to addressing the contemporary challenges of global environmental change or urban and environmental sustainability. The successful applicant will demonstrate a strong potential for funded research and the ability to collaborate with colleagues across campus in a broad array of disciplines as well as with the newly implemented SAL@T, Spatial Analysis Laboratory at Temple, which is a university-wide core-facility in health geographics situated in and managed by the Department of Geography and Urban Studies.

Please send a letter that addresses teaching and research interests, a copy of your most recent curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to Tycina Cousin, Administrative Coordinator, Department of Geography and Urban Studies, 308 Gladfelter Hall, Temple University (025-27), Philadelphia, PA 19122. Electronic applications are required and should be sent to: tcousin@temple.edu<mailto:tcousin@temple.edu>. Review of applications will begin September 7, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and the University especially encourages applications from women and minorities.

Visiting Instructor position in GIScience

FLORIDA, TAMPA. The School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida invites applications for a nine-month Visiting Instructor position in GIScience. The appointment would begin early August, 2015. Responsibilities will include teaching both general and applied GIS courses at the senior undergraduate and graduate levels, including courses in our Graduate GIS Certificate Program, as well as possibly lower-level general geography courses such as World Regional Geography and Human or Environmental Geography. Minimum qualifications are a Ph.D. in Geography or a related discipline by the time of appointment, and evidence of the necessary academic background and skills to teach GIScience at the stated levels. Preferred qualifications include primary instructor experience with college-level GIScience courses, and teaching interests in lower-level undergraduate Human, Environmental, and Regional Geography courses. Details of the position, the application materials required and application procedure can be found at http://employment.usf.edu. According to Florida Law, applications and meetings regarding them are open to the public.  For ADA accommodations, please contact Mandy Stuck, (813) 974-2236 at least five working days prior to need.  USF is an AA/EA/EO institution. http://hennarot.forest.usf.edu/main/depts/geosci/news/#June16