HMGSG 2016 Award Winners

Congratulations to all the recipients of the competition and scholarship awards!

The Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award in Health and Medical Geography
Dr. Mei-Po Kwan
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC)

The Emerging Scholar Award in Health and Medical Geography
Dr. Kirsten Beyer
Division of Epidemiology, Institute for Health and Society, Medical College of Wisconsin, U.S.A.

Dr. Paul Mkandawire
Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies
Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Jacques May Thesis Prize
Doctoral level
Dr. Peng Jia
Louisiana State University

Master level
Lea Ravensbergen-Hodgins
University of Toronto

Peter Gould Paper Competition
Undergraduate level
Claire Hofius,
Macalester

Graduate level
Sandy Wong
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC)

Melinda S. Meade Graduate Student Travel Award:
Yanjia Cao
Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland

Emily Rugel
School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

2016 AAG HMGSG Related Sessions

Tuesday

1124 Health Geography, Medical Humanities, and Narrative Medicine I: 8:00 AM – 9:40 AM in Imperial A, Hilton Hotel, Ballroom Level

1224 Health Geography, Medical Humanities, and Narrative Medicine II: 10:00 AM – 11:40 AM in Imperial A, Hilton Hotel, Ballroom Level

1521 HMGSG Peter Gould Student Paper Competition: 2:40 PM – 4:20 PM in Franciscan B, Hilton Hotel, Ballroom Level

1621 HMGSG Award Special Session: 4:40 PM – 6:20 PM in Franciscan B, Hilton Hotel, Ballroom Level

Wednesday

2177 Modeling exposure to pollutants and associated health effects: 8:00 AM – 9:40 AM in Athens North, Marker Hotel, Lower Level

2264 AAG – ISUH Opening Session: Global health and the environment I: Research: 10:00 AM – 11:40 AM in Nikko Ballroom I, Hotel Nikko, 3rd Floor

2269 GIS for Health and the Environment Using Social Media and Crowdsourcing Data:
10:00 AM – 11:40 AM in Carmel I, Hotel Nikko, 3rd Floor

2233 Population Health: 10:00 AM – 11:40 AM in Union Square 6, Hilton Hotel, 4th Floor

2464 AAG – ISUH Opening Session: Global health and the environment II: Research Funding & Policy Outreach: 1:20 PM – 3:00 PM in Nikko Ballroom I, Hotel Nikko, 3rd Floor

2539 Understanding and preventing non-communicable diseases: 3:20 PM – 5:00 PM in Union Square 12, Hilton Hotel, 4th Floor

2562 Spatial and eco-epidemiological modeling: 3:20 PM – 5:00 PM in Mendocino I, Hotel Nikko, 2nd Floor

2605 Modeling and preventing infectious diseases: 5:20 PM – 7:00 PM in Golden Gate 5, Hilton Hotel, Lobby Level

Thursday

3129 Historical Spatial Epidemiology Panel: 8:00 AM – 9:40 AM in Union Square 2, Hilton Hotel, 4th Floor

3270 Healthcare services: access and participation: 10:00 AM – 11:40 AM in Carmel II, Hotel Nikko, 3rd Floor

3349 Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group Business Meeting: 11:50 AM – 1:10 PM in Union Square 22, Hilton Hotel, 4th Floor

Friday

4163 Health and transportation: 8:00 AM – 9:40 AM in Mendocino II, Hotel Nikko, 2nd Floor

4562 GIScience and disease mapping: 3:20 PM – 5:00 PM in Mendocino I, Hotel Nikko, 2nd Floor

Saturday

5169 Spatial statistics and disease mapping: 8:00 AM – 9:40 AM in Carmel I, Hotel Nikko, 3rd Floor

5224 Spatializing Health: Geography, GIScience and Urban Health: 10:00 AM – 11:40 AM in Imperial A, Hilton Hotel, Ballroom Level

5269 Spatial distribution of disease: 10:00 AM – 11:40 AM in Carmel I, Hotel Nikko, 3rd Floor

HMGSG Leadership Nomination

Voting will take place at our Group Business Meeting on 3/31/2016, from 11:50 AM – 1:10 PM in Union Square 22, Hilton Hotel, 4th Floor.


 

Dr. Michael J. Widener for the Vice Chair (Dr. Widener is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto – St. George. http://www.thinkingspatial.com):

I am pleased to run for the vice-chair position of the Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG) of the AAG. I began my current position as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto – St. George in 2015, after spending three years as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Geography at the University of Cincinnati. I graduated with my PhD in 2012 from SUNY-Buffalo, my MS in 2009 from Florida State University, and my BA in 2007 from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. My current research is focused largely on how transportation and urban structure affect the health and well-being of city residents. In particular, I have published numerous papers on how spatiotemporal context and time pressure affect access to food retailers, and am currently investigating how these accessibility landscapes are related to food purchasing behaviors and nutrition. Other papers and projects involve older adults’ oral health, helicopter emergency medical services transport, and the relationship between peer-density and health outcomes. I am an active member in both the Health and Transportation Subcommittee and the Social and Economic Factors Committee in the National Academy of Science’s Transportation Research Board, and also frequent reviewer of papers for academic journals related to health, geography, and transportation. I have also been a board member of the AAG’s HMGSG since 2014 (term ending 2016). If elected vice-chair for the HMGSG I would be excited to continue serving the specialty group. Having served on the board, I have an excellent understanding of the specialty group’s mission and goals. One of these goals is to refresh the group’s web presence, establishing a space for health and medical geographers, from across the world, to learn more about each other’s work, as well as to promote the specialty group’s various activities and awards. I would work with the two newly appointed webmasters to make this happen. Additionally, I would like to work toward increasing the number of nominations we receive for our awards. Currently, the number of theses, dissertations, and other nominations is relatively low. With the chair of the HMGSG, I hope to make these awards more competitive through various methods of outreach and advertisement.


 

Dr. Xiang Chen for the at-large Board Membership (Dr. Chen is an Assistant Professor at the Arkansas Tech University):

My name is Xiang Chen and I am an Assistant Professor at the Arkansas Tech University. I received my B.S. (2007) and M.S (2009) in resource science from Beijing Normal University, China, and Ph.D. (2014) in geography from The Ohio State University. With a professional training centered on Geographical Information Systems (GIS), I have a keen interest in exploring how GIS could be well utilized to serve a healthy community in areas of environmental health and food security. This thread of research has generated multiple publications in respective health and geography journals (e.g., American Journal of Public Health) as well as the 2015 Jacques May Thesis Prize from the HMGSG. I have been an active HMGSG member since I joined the AAG. During the two-year experience serving as a board member for the AAG Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, I have had the privilege to network with many leading geographers and community advocators who had a shared interest in addressing food and health issues facing the country. These issues could only be remedied by a collaborative effort between scholars and practitioners. I would like to extend my sense of determination and my professional service to AAG as a HMGSG at-large board member, if elected; and I will strive to bridge the gap between fellow geographers and health practitioners through creative activities, such as field trips and publication opportunities. Additionally, I will continue to advocate for increasing HMGSG membership through my professional networks and years of experience as a web developer.


Mr. Diego Pons for the Student Board Membership (Mr. Pons is a PhD Student/Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Denver):

The reason I want to be part of the Graduate Student Board is because I believe my background (BS Biology, MPH and currently PhD student in Geography studying climate change) can bring together an interdisciplinary approach to the challenges that we face now  regarding global health. If elected  as a Graduate Student Board member, I will promote this approach by trying to bring together different disciplines among other graduate students and professionals so that the synergies created by interdisciplinary research can move forward our knowledge on health and benefit those communities who need it the most. For instance, my expertise on vector-borne diseases has greatly benefited from my current skills on climate variability assessment. Moreover, the availability of fine-resolution satellites imagery, opens a whole new spectrum of potential research related to health, from vector-borne diseases to social patterns of spatial agglomeration, food production  and crime assessment all of which are relevant to health in a fast-pace changing world. Being a Guatemalan, I also stand for underrepresented minorities  in the health field. My research has always taken place in Guatemala where, as a tropical, poor country the challenges on health issues are  seen everywhere, from the new incidence of chronic diseases all the way to vector-borne ones and “traditional” food insecurity issues and infectious diseases. I want to be able to promote what has been called as “the next step” among several disciplines, that is, to bridge the gap between our knowledge and how to apply it to a particular social context. I plan to do this by organizing sessions at our annual meetings that bring together different professionals with different backgrounds,  posting available funding and internships for research (specially in Latinamerica) and by delivering any other responsibility that the Graduate Student Board member should provide.

Mr. Daniel Ervin for the Student Board Membership (Mr. Ervin is a PhD Candidate (ABD) at the Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara):

I received a B.A. in psychology from George Washington University in 2002 after which I worked in non-profit and public health for a number of years before returning to school to earn my M.A. in Geography from the University of Wyoming. I am currently a PhD Candidate in Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My dissertation examines the diet and diet-related health of recent Latino migrants to California, exploring the role of migrants’ current and origin locations and migration histories to determine whether experiencing different places (or types of places) has significant effects on health outcomes. The project integrates three distinct data collection methods: A survey, anthropometric measures of health, and stable isotope ratio analysis (SIRA) of hair samples, an emerging technique for dietary and geographic research. My research interests can be placed in three themes: the relationship between place, space, migration, and health, Human-Environment Dynamics, especially as they relate to agriculture and health, and improving geographic and health research methods. My geographic areas of interest are the U.S., Mexico, and Central America. Within this subgroup I am interested in advancing the importance of geography in the study of non-communicable diseases. I am running for the position of Student Board Membership in order to increase graduate student involvement in the organization, and to be a voice for student interests. The HMGSG is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic subgroups in the AAG. As we continue to progress it is important to keep graduate students involved in the organization. HMGSG has done an excellent job of this so far and I hope to build upon that work.  I have communicated with David Lamb (outgoing student board member) and I believe I have good understanding of the duties of the student board and can accomplish them. I can apply previous experience to the student awards committee, as I have served on several similar committees at my home institution. Outside of the normal duties, I would like to continue the success of the subgroup by increasing outreach, communication, and promotion to current and potential graduate student members. I believe that my non-profit work experience will play a valuable role in this as I worked in development, and specifically focused on attracting and retaining membership in an NGO for several years. Please feel free to contact me with any question about my qualifications (or anything else) at dervin@nullumail.ucsb.edu. Thank you for your consideration.

Amanda Weber for the Graduate Student Board Member position (Ms. Weber is a PhD Student and Graduate Teaching Associate at Oklahoma State University):

My name is Amanda Weber and I am a second year PhD student in the Department of Geography at Oklahoma State University. I currently teach Cultural Geography and have taught physical geography in the past. My research interest focuses on spatial epidemiology and medical geography. My dissertation research will examine quarantine, isolation, and hospital preparedness in terms of an infectious disease event in the United States. I am currently the Gamma Theta Upsilon Chi Chapter Vice President. I hold a masters degree in liberal studies from the College of Staten Island (CUNY) and a bachelors in physical anthropology from the University at Buffalo (SUNY). I also hold a certificate of specialization in forensic anthropology. My background and my research are interdisciplinary, which makes me a good candidate for the HMGSG Graduate Student Board Member position. As co-organizer for the historical spatial epidemiology panel at this year’s AAG conference, I, along with my fellow co-organizers, are attempting to bridge the gap of various disciplines of both graduate students and professionals in a space that promotes the exchange of ideas and the potential for future collaborations. If elected as the HMGSG Graduate Student Board Member, I will promote further the interactions and collaborations of graduate students and professionals to advance our understanding of health and disease.  After completing my graduate work, I plan to seek a teaching and research position as I view fieldwork and the opportunity for student research experience as an integral component of the learning process. I am especially interested in teaching courses in medical/health geography, disease ecology, public health policy, and physical or medical anthropology.

Marynia A. Kolak for the Graduate Student Board Member position (Ms. Kolak is a PhD Candidate in Geography at the GeoDa Center at Arizona State University):

Her research interests are spatial analysis and health geography, with a focus on population-level program and policy evaluation. Reducing health and economic inequalities serve as core goals of many proposed place-based policies; incorporating spatial tools and geographic principles are thus essential to the evaluation process. She uses spatial econometrics and statistics to consider how selection bias and treatment heterogeneity can be accounted for in quasi-experimental causal research designs. Her dissertation work proposes a spatial data science framework for evaluation applications, with space serving as the place for integration of research design and methodology, data infrastructure, and decision-making. As an integral aspect of community engagement, she collaborates with the Chicago Department of Public Health and community organizations to develop and improve integrated civic technology systems for data exploration and more effective analysis. Previous work includes a spatiotemporal analysis of food accessibility in Chicago; engaging her students in a Humanitarian Mapathon for outbreak relief efforts, as part of their final projects; serving as the first graduate student association Wellness Director at ASU; and supporting the first HMGSG newsletter.

 

Mr. Michael R. Desjardins for the Student Board Membership (Mr. Desjardins is a PhD student in Geography at the Center for Applied Geographic Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte):

I look forward to the possibility of serving the Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG) as your graduate student board member.  I joined UNC Charlotte as a master’s student in the spring of 2015.  My research interests are in the domain of health geography, spatial analysis and modeling, spatial statistics, and landscape ecology.  My master’s thesis focuses on the development of a nature reserve design model and application of a genetic algorithm heuristic to facilitate conservation planning.  For my PhD, I plan on developing new techniques to understand the processes which are responsible for the spread of infectious diseases and models that can improve healthcare accessibility.  Other current projects include using Twitter data as a potential source for understanding the patterns (e.g. seasonality and intensity) of pollen outbreaks in the United States.  I also received a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Keene State College in New Hampshire (2014).  During my undergraduate career at Keene State, I spent time in the Turks and Caicos Islands to understand how local policy and social perspectives affect coral reef conservation or lack thereof.  If elected, I will strive to promote the participation of both undergraduate and graduate students at the AAG, while sparking further interest in the growing field of health and medical geography.  I have great experience in community outreach stemming from my current position as president of the Geography and Earth Sciences Graduate Organization (GESGO) at UNC Charlotte.  As a PhD student, I understand that what we do as researchers and educators should ultimately have a positive impact on society to make the world a better place to live.  As health and medical geographers, we have an important role in society by developing new and improved approaches to increase healthcare accessibility, mitigate the spread of disease, and facilitate decision-making to improve healthcare policies.  Therefore, this position will allow me to actively communicate health and medical geography’s important role in solving real-world problems.  I was also recently appointed the co-webmaster of HMGSG and will utilize that position to actively reach out to the community through our website and social media pages.  I thank you for your consideration.

HMGSG Business Meeting 2016

The HMGSG Business Meeting for the 2016 AAG Conference will be held on Thursday, 3/31/2016, from 11:50 AM – 1:10 PM in Union Square 22, Hilton Hotel, 4th Floor.

This is a chance to socialize with peers and the community, and vote on future board members.

Preventing Chronic Disease 2016 Student Research Paper Contest Now Open

http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/announcements.htm

The Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD ) 2016 Student Research Paper Contest is now open for submissions. The journal is looking for high school, undergraduate and graduate students as well as medical residency and recent post-doctoral fellows to submit papers relevant to the prevention, screening, surveillance, and/or population-based intervention of chronic disease, including but not limited to arthritis, asthma, cancer, depression, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Papers must be received electronically no later than 5:00 PM EST on January 18, 2016. Additional information and detailed submission guidelines are available in this flyer and on PCD’s website.

Assistant Professor position in Health/Medical/Population Geography–University of Cincinnati

The Department of Geography at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in health/medical/population geography beginning in August, 2016. A Ph.D. in Geography or related field is required by the start of employment. We are looking for individuals with a strong background in GIS and data science who will excel at conducting research and providing graduate and undergraduate instructions using quantitative approaches.

Applicants must have expertise in GIS, spatial analysis and geovisualization and accomplishments in one or more of the following research areas: medical geography, epidemiology, health disparities, environmental impacts on health, public health, spatial accessibility to health services, and/or geodemographics. The successful applicant will demonstrate evidence for potential to produce externally funded research, to publish in prominent outlets, and to conduct interdisciplinary research. The position offers opportunities for collaboration with Department of Environmental Health at the UC College of Medicine, with the local branch of the EPA, and with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Applications must be submitted online by visiting https://jobs.uc.edu/job/Cincinnati-Assistant-Professor-Geography-%28Health%29-OH-45201/302974800/. In addition to the online application candidates must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and statements of research and teaching plans. Candidates must also provide the names and e-mail addresses for three professional references. For full consideration, applications should be received by November 30, 2015 but the position will remain open until it is filled.

The University of Cincinnati, founded in 1819, is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Cincinnati, Ohio. The university boasts a student body of more than 43,000 enrolled in over 370 programs of study and is the region’s largest employer with over 15,000 faculty, staff and student workers. The University of Cincinnati embraces diversity and inclusion as core values and seeks to empower all members of the university community. The University of Cincinnati is ranked as one of America’s top 26 public research universities by the National Science Foundation. U.S. News has ranked UC in the Top Tier of America’s Best Colleges. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls UC a “research heavyweight”. Forbes, Delta Sky and Travel + Leisure magazines have named UC one of the most beautiful campuses.

The University of Cincinnati is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer M/F/Vets/Disabled. Women, People of Color, persons with a disability, and covered veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to apply. We are committed to increasing the diversity of the University community. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths or experiences in this area.

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Vet / Disabled.

Assistant Professor in Health & Behavioral Sciences – University of Colorado in Denver

See: https://www.jobsatcu.com/postings/107284 for more information.

The Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin in Fall 2016. The area of expertise is open to health, broadly defined, and we particularly encourage applications from individuals who conduct research and teach in the areas of environmental health, health policy, biomarkers, decision-making, and health economics. The program is especially interested in individuals who fit with the Department’s interdisciplinary focus on the application of social, behavioral, and natural science theory and methods to social and biological aspects of population health in national and/or global contexts. The successful candidate will join a faculty active in research, grant-writing, and teaching in a program with a graduate (Ph.D.) degree and undergraduate major in public health (B.A./B.S.). The position is a 9-month appointment with a 4-course per academic year teaching expectation in the department’s Ph.D. and undergraduate programs.

Additional details about the department can be found at http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/CLAS/Departments/hbsc.

Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.jobsatcu.com, refer to job posting F02860.

University of Minnesota – Tenure Track Faculty Search in Geography, Environment & Society and Sociology

Qualifications
The Department of Geography, Environment & Society and the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota invite applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position specializing in Health & Population, to begin fall semester 2016 (August 29, 2016). Appointment will be at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor.
This position will be a joint appointment in the Departments of Sociology and Geography, Environment & Society, with the tenure home decided by the chosen candidate in consultation with the chairs of the two departments. The percentage of work effort devoted to each unit will be determined in consultation with the candidate, but is expected to be approximately 50% in each unit.

Ph.D. in Sociology, Geography, or a related field is required. Advanced ABD’s may be considered for appointment at the rank of tenure-track instructor, with the understanding that the Ph.D. is conferred in the first year of appointment. Applicants will be evaluated based on research excellence in the area of Health & Population. Expertise in GIScience, spatial demography, population-environment dynamics, law, or inequality desired. We welcome candidates whose dossiers demonstrate interdisciplinary scholarly distinction and who demonstrate potential for collaboration with other units on campus, such as the Minnesota Population Center and the School of Public Health. Secondary foci on Latin America, and/or Africa are preferred, though U.S. or other regional expertise will also be considered.

We welcome applicants versed in diverse theoretical and methodological approaches. Candidates will be evaluated according to:

a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly
work,

b) relevance of their scholarly research to the tenure home department’s academic priorities and fields of inquiry,

c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and

d) strength of recommendations.

 

About the Job
Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts are expected to maintain an active program of scholarly research; develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses; advise students; and contribute service appropriate for the rank of appointment to the department, college, university, and profession. Salary is competitive. The Standards for Promotion and Tenure in the Department of Sociology are available at: http://academic.umn.edu/provost/faculty/tenure/pdf/CLA/7_12SOC.pdf and in the Department of
Geography, Environment & Society at: http://academic.umn.edu/provost/faculty/tenure/pdf/CLA/7_12GEOG.pdf
The Workload Principles & Guidelines for Regular Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts are available at: http://intranet.cla.umn.edu/faculty/FacultyWorkloadPrinciplesGuidelines.php

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach 1) a cover letter and 2) a curriculum vitae. Once this step is complete, please add additional materials by accessing the “My Activities” page and uploading: 3) samples of written work; and 4) evidence of teaching effectiveness or a commitment to teaching. All application materials must be uploaded by October 1, 2015.
In addition to the material submitted electronically, applicants are asked to arrange for THREE letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the email below.

The letters of recommendation may be e-mailed to soc-geog@nullumn.edu or mailed directly to:
Professor Warren, Population & Health Assistant Professor Search,
University of Minnesota
267 19th Avenue South, Room 909,
Minneapolis, MN 55455
fax (612) 626-0155

Additional materials may be requested from candidates at a future date.
If you have questions about the application process, please contact us via e-mail at healthpop@nullumn.edu or phone Sociology’s main office at 612-624-4300.

Annual Peter Gould Student Paper Award (2016)

Annual Peter Gould Student Paper Award

Abstract Submission Deadline: October 23, 2015

Sponsored by the Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers

Description: The Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG) of AAG invites current undergraduate and graduate students to submit their work to the specialty group’s annual Peter Gould Student Paper Competition. The competition is meant to promote written scholarship by students across the field. A $250 prize will be awarded in each of two categories: 1) undergraduate students, and 2) graduate students (Master’s and Doctoral).

Eligibility: The competition is open to undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level students. Papers must be completed in the past 12 months prior to the submission deadline, and have not been previously considered for the competition. Papers published prior to the extended abstract deadline will not be considered. Papers can be either single-authored or coauthored. For co-authored papers, the student should be the first author and responsible for over 80% of the analysis and writing. For a co-authored paper, a statement signed by the student and advisor regarding the student’s contribution (including percentage) is required. Membership in the Association of American Geographers and HMGSG is required.

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the HMGSG Awards Committee. Selected abstracts will be invited to present at a HMGSG sponsored session during the 2016 AAG Annual Conference. Winners will be selected based on their written paper and oral presentation. Papers will be judged by the HMGSG Awards Committee on several criteria: originality, scholarship, organization, appropriate use of methodology, written composition, and oral presentation. Finalists are required to present at a 2016 AAG HMGSG sponsored session for the Peter Gould Student Paper Award to be considered for the award.

Submission & Review: The timeline for the competition is as follows:

October 23 2015    An extended abstract (500-word limit) of your paper is due. The abstract should clearly state the purpose, methodology, and findings of the research. Please include your Personal Identification Number (PIN) for 2016 AAG.

October 30 2015    The Awards Committee selects the best extended abstracts (undergrad, grad) for submission of full papers. Selected abstracts will be added into a sponsored HMGSG session at the AAG.  You will receive notification about the Awards Committee decision by this date.

1 February 2016  Your full paper must be electronically submitted to the paper coordinator.

29 March-              Finalists present paper at an HMGSG sponsored session during the 2016

2 April 2016          AAG Annual Conference for the paper competition.

2 April 2016          Winners will be notified in early April, and publicly announced at the HMGSG business meeting and at the AAG Award Luncheon. Winners will receive a ticket to the Luncheon and a monetary prize of $250. Results of the competition will be also be published on the HMGSG website.

Requirements: The final full paper must include a 500-word abstract, and be no longer than 5,000 words (excluding tables, references, and captions). Authors are also encouraged to submit the names of at least 3 possible reviewers who are not affiliated with the research.  Ensure that the purpose, methodology, and findings of the research are clearly stated in the abstract. The body of the paper should be double-spaced, 12-point font size and one-inch margins. Remove any identifying information (e.g. name). References should be in AAG style. Submit the paper as a single PDF file with all figures and tables included in the document. Include a title page without author information within this PDF document.

Students presenting their papers should plan on a 15 minute presentation with 5 minutes of questions from the audience and review committee.

Submission of the extended abstract and final paper will be done electronically as an email attachment to the Paper Coordinator (contact information below). Include the following information in the body of the email message: Your full name, address, telephone and fax numbers, email address, department and university affiliation, name of advisor or mentor, and title of the paper.  Please put “HMGSG Student Paper Competition” in the subject line.

Email Jessica Finlay your submissions or for more information: finla039@nullumn.edu