URISA Announces Second Annual Student Paper Competition

Park Ridge, IL - February 5, 2008 - The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) is sponsoring its second 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 June 9, 2008.

URISA will award students cash prizes for best student authored papers. Winners will be recognized at the URISA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, October 7-10, 2008.

Prizes:

First Place

$500 cash. Free conference registration and recognition at the URISA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, October 7-10, 2008. 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 to URISA members include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Remote sensing
  • Economic development
  • Safety or homeland security
  • Environmental planning and resource management
  • Geographic information systems
  • Infrastructure management
  • Urban land use planning and management
The URISA Student Paper Committee reviews all papers. Winners will be notified in August 2008. Winners will be recognized during the awards ceremony at URISA 2008 in New Orleans, LA.

Only papers meeting the evaluation criteria will be considered. Further information regarding eligibility, submission criteria, prizes, and policies are available on the URISA website at http://www.urisa.org/student_paper_competition.

URISA promotes the effective and ethical use of spatial information and information technologies for the understanding and management of urban and regional systems.

Press Information:

Scott Grams
URISA Education Director
847-824-6300
F: 847-824-6363
Email Contact
www.urisa.org



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