URISA hosts an annual Student Competition to encourage students in a variety of academic settings and disciplines to write and publish papers and posters to share with the URISA membership and others in the geospatial technologies industry. The submission may include research projects, case studies, projects, or any type of methodology in which geospatial technology and skills were used or could be used.
The Student Competition consists of a two-tier approach that includes Papers and Posters.
PAPERS - Students are invited to submit a paper for the competition and possible inclusion in the URISA Journal. The papers will undergo a review process under the direction of an esteemed panel of academic and practitioner members of URISA. Lead authors of the top papers receive an award of a one-year membership in URISA and free registration to GIS-Pro 2013 (along with an opportunity to present at the conference). Students are encouraged to submit essays on geospatial issues as well as technical research papers, relating to any field geospatial field. Students should display original thought and creativity in the development of the papers.
POSTERS - Community college and GIS Certificate students are specifically invited to submit posters for the competition. The posters will undergo a review process under the direction of an esteemed panel of academic and practitioner members of URISA. The top ten posters will receive an award of a one-year membership in URISA.
All competition winners will receive a certificate signed by the URISA President. Winning submissions will be posted on the URISA website and announced through various industry publications and communications.
The URISA Student Competition Committee will review all submissions and the winners will be notified in early August. Winners will be recognized during the awards ceremony at GIS- Pro 2013: URISA's 51st Annual Conference in Providence, Rhode Island.