URISA announces Student Paper Competition

URISA announces Student Paper Competition


USA, 22 February 2007 – Are you an undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. student? Are you interested in a career using geographic information systems, information technology, geospatial technology, planning or community development? If yes, your writing and research should be recognized and shared with your peers. Submit a paper to the first annual student paper competition sponsored by the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).

URISA promotes the effective and ethical use of spatial information and information technologies for the understanding and management of urban and regional systems. URISA seeks to encourage students in a variety of academic disciplines to write and publish papers for the URISA membership and others in the spatial technologies industry. To promote this objective URISA has established a student paper competition.

Winning papers will be posted on the URISA web site and announced through various URISA publications and communications. URISA will award students cash prizes for best student authored papers. Winners will be recognized at the URISA 2007 Annual Conference in Washington, DC, August 20-23, 2007.

The objective of the Competition is to challenge students to demonstrate development and effective use of information systems in both their field of study and in the community. The following types of papers are encouraged:
– Comprehensive literature review on a spatial technology and its application
– Application of spatial statistics
– Application implemented with demonstrable impact by government or non-profit organization
– Treatment and development of spatial technologies and theory
Theses will not be accepted. A summary paper based on a thesis or research performed while completing a thesis, is acceptable.

Application areas of particular interest to URISA members include but are not limited to the following:
Community health, remote sensing, economic development, safety or homeland security, emergency response, social justice, environmental planning and resource management, social or health service delivery, geographic information systems, transportation, infrastructure management, urban land use planning and management, neighborhood preservation and development, utility systems and management.

The URISA Student Paper Committee will review all papers and winners will be notified by June, 2007. Winners will be recognized during the awards ceremony at URISA 2007 in Washington, DC. Only papers meeting the evaluation criteria will be considered.

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