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:
- 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
- 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
- Page 1
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org or
Dr. Kweku Brown, The Citadel – email@example.com
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)
- Clarity of presentation
- Validity of conclusions
- Reader interest
Past Student Paper Winners
- 2020 – Magdalena Asborno (University of Arkansans): GIS-based identification and visualization of multimodal freight transportation impact areas
- 2019 – Nimish Dhamadikari (North Dakota State University): Location Allocation of Sugar Beet Piling Centers using GIS and Optimization
- 2018 – Taslima Akter (University of Arkansas): Leveraging open-source GIS tools to determine freight activity patterns from anonymous GPS data
- 2017 – Amin Keramati (North Dakota State University): Solving the log-truck routing problem while accounting for forest road maintenance levels: a case study of Oregon
- 2016 – Kweku Brown (Clemson University): Safety planning: analysis of the socio-economic and demographic characteristics of at-risk driver residential areas in South Carolina