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URISA

January 13, 2009 (Park Ridge, IL, USA) – The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) is sponsoring its third annual student paper competition. The objective of the competition is to challenge undergraduate and postgraduate students to demonstrate development and effective use of information systems in both their field of study and the community. The competition is open to all eligible students but particularly those interested in careers using geographic information systems, information technology, geospatial technology, planning and/or community development.

The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2009.

URISA will award students cash prizes for best student authored papers. Winners will be recognised at the URISA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, September 29-October 2, 2009.

Following are the categories of prizes for the winners:

First Place

$500 cash. Free conference registration and recognition at the URISA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA. Paper may be published in the URISA Journal.

Second Place

$300 cash. Free conference registration. Paper may be published in the URISA Journal.

Third Place

$150 cash. Free conference registration. Paper may be published in the URISA Journal.

The following types of papers are encouraged:

1. Comprehensive literature review on a spatial technology and its application.
2. Application of spatial statistics.
3. Application of an implemented spatial technology and its demonstrable impact on a public or private sector organization.
4. Treatment and development of spatial technologies and theory.

Application areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Economic development
• Safety or homeland security
• Environmental planning and resource management
• Geographic information systems
• Infrastructure management
• Remote sensing
• Urban land use planning and management

The URISA Student Paper Committee reviews all papers. Winners will be notified in July 2009.