Student Paper

The GIS-T Symposium would like to encourage GIS students, undergraduate and graduate, with an emphasis on transportation to submit their research to the GIS-T Symposium’s Student Paper Contest. The contest is designed to encourage university students to develop solutions to current GIS-T issues.

Contestants will be judged on their ability to develop and document useful, original research based on GIS-T issues and to relay their research results in a complete, clear, and well-referenced paper.

The winner will receive:

  • $100,
  • Travel expenses,
  • 4 nights hotel, and
  • Complimentary registration to the 2021 GIS-T Symposium to present their paper.

Submission Deadline: December 22, 2020

Selection of the winner will be made by February 2021

Eligibility Requirements

  • The applicant must be a currently enrolled (undergraduate or graduate) student. Those who graduate in December 2020 are eligible.
  • The student must be the sole author or co-author with other students
  • Only one paper contest entry per student is acceptable
  • Willingness to attend and present at the GIS-T Symposium
  • The final paper or poster must be available electronically to be posted on the GIS-T website and published in the GIS-T Final Report

Student Paper Format Guidelines

All papers submitted for this competition must follow these format guidelines:

  • Title of paper must be in 16-point Times New Roman
  • Text (body) must be
    • In 12-point Times New Roman
    • Single line spaced
    • Left flush
  • Maximum paper length is 20 pages
  • Figures and Tables should be embedded in the body of the paper.
    • The tables should be after the titles,
    • The figure caption must appear beneath the figure.
  • Tables and Figures should be created by authors, not copied from somewhere else even if the tables and figures have references.
  • Figures, such as maps and pictures, should be at least 300 dpi.
  • The font size of labels of the maps should be big enough to read.
  • The style references and citations (i.e. MLA, APA, Harvard, or Chicago) may vary by authors, but should be consistent throughout the paper.
  • Paper Structure:
    • Page 1
      • Paper Title
      • Authors and author affiliation information
      • Abstract – 500 word maximum
      • Keywords – 3 to 5 words
    • Page 2
      • Paper Title
      • Beginning of Paper


As noted above the winner will receive $100, travel expenses, 4 nights hotel, and complimentary registration to the 2021 GIS-T Symposium. Travel is a round trip ticket (US domestic flight) to the GIS-T Symposium location. The winners will present their papers at the AASHTO GIS-T and their presentations posted to the GIS-T website.

The AASHTO GIS-T Task Force and judges reserve the right not to award any submissions in a particular category. All decisions by the AASHTO GIS-T Task Force and judges are final.

Only the corresponding author will receive the award for the co-authored paper.

Email student presentations submissions or questions to:

Dr. EunSu Lee, New Jersey City University – or

Dr. Kweku Brown, The Citadel –


Papers will be judged by members of the GIS-T Planning Committee and additional transportation professionals. They will be rated in the following categories:

  • Significance of topic
  • Innovative use of GIS
  • Literature review
  • Data analysis (if applicable)
  • Interpretation
  • Clarity of presentation
  • Validity of conclusions
  • Reader interest

Past Student Paper Winners