Geographic Information Science and Systems Best Student Paper Competition

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/9/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 14
Organizers: Song Gao
Chairs: Song Gao

Call for Submissions

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.

Applicants must also submit an AAG participant number which is issued when successfully registering for the AAG virtual meeting (in other words, you must register for the AAG virtual meeting and submit a short abstract using the AAG's registration website, before submitting your longer abstract to the GISS-SG competition). The extended abstract and participant code are due to the GISS-SG Academic Director by October 25th, 2020. Please send abstracts with [GISS-Name-Grad/Undergrad] headline via email as an attachment (Microsoft Word or PDF) to Dr. Song Gao (

Papers, including the related bibliography and associated tables and figures, must be submitted in the format used by the International Journal Geographical Information Science A cover page listing the author's (or authors') name(s), student status, 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. Song Gao ( as an 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 4000-6000 words total).


The Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group (GISS-SG) of the Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce the 2021 Honors Competition for Best Student Papers (Virtual) on Geographic Information Science 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 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.

Enhancing diversity, promoting inclusion, and broadening participation in the discipline of geography are goals that are central to the AAG and its mission. We strongly encourage female students and students in underrepresented groups in geography to participate in this competition.

Up to five finalists (one session) will be selected including 2 undergraduate and 3 graduate students on the basis of the quality of extended abstracts and provided with an award of $200 each to present at the virtual conference. The extended abstract no longer than 5 pages demonstrating GIS novel methods, toolkits, or applications of GIS to solve a real-world problem 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 in the graduates group and $500 for 1st place in the undergraduates group 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 GISS-SG newsletter, as well as on the specialty group's web page.


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Presenter Wataru Morioka*, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Atsuyuki Okabe, Aoyama Gakuin University, Mei-Po Kwan, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Sara L McLafferty, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Exact Statistical Method for Analyzing Co-location on a Street Network and Its Computational Implementation 14 3:25 PM
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