Honors Student Paper Competition

Students planning to attend and Annual Meeting of the AAG are invited to submit abstracts to the Honors Student Paper Competition. From these, the CSG Academic Director selects finalists who are invited to submit full papers and deliver their papers at the CSG Honors Student Special Session.

All finalists are awarded full student registration to attend the AAG Annual Meeting, and are invited to submit their papers for consideration of publication in Cartographic Perspectives. The student with the first place paper additionally receives a $100 prize and is recognized at the AAG Awards Banquet. Finally, finalists are encouraged to expand and refine their papers into full articles for consideration of publication in Cartographic Perspectives (and CP’s $1350 student paper prize).

Application Deadline

Abstract submission deadlines coincide with AAG Abstract submission deadlines (usually near the end of October). Finalists are notified within a month of the abstract deadline, and final papers are due within two months of the abstract deadline.


The competition is open to students at all academic levels. The presenting author must be the first author on the paper and must be enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year institution; co-authorship with faculty advisors is allowed. Applicants must be members of the CSG.

Abstracts and written papers are judged by the CSG Awards Committee on originality, potential contribution to the fields of Cartography and Geovisualization, appropriate use of empirical methods, and written composition. We especially welcome papers on theoretical, conceptual, and methodological developments in Cartography and Geovisualization, rather than on particular mapping applications. The oral presentations of papers during the Special Session are judged on professional delivery, organization, clarity, and appropriate use of graphics. Judging will take into account the academic level of the student.

The CSG reserves the right to not offer an award if the papers submitted are not of acceptable quality.

Application Process

To be considered for the CSG Honors Paper Competition, applicants first must register for the 2018 AAG Conference and then upload an abstract of the paper under the Paper Presentation category. Abstracts should conform to the format required by the AAG. Once submitted, the abstract and associated PIN number should be emailed to the current Academic Directors of the CSG (see “Membership — Current Officers”).

Finalists in the CSG Honors Paper Competition must submit a paper describing their research in the format used by Cartographic Perspectives (see cartographicperspectives.org in “About — Author Guidelines — Instructions to Authors”). Include a cover page with your name, academic affiliation, faculty advisor, mailing address, phone number, and email address. The second page of the paper should include only the title of the paper and the paper abstract, as submitted for consideration in the CSG Honors Paper Competition. The content of the paper should begin on the third page.

The final written paper should be emailed to the current Academic Directors of the CSG as a Microsoft Word document. The content of the paper — excluding references, figures, and tables — cannot exceed 6,000 words and may be shorter if appropriate.

Past Winners