SAM Student Paper Competition

The SAM Specialty Group traditionally host student paper competitions for both graduate and undergraduate students. Starting 2011, the first prize of the competition will be named John Odland Student Paper Award.

 

2017 Call for Papers

 

John Odland Award (SAM student paper competition). The Spatial Analysis and Modeling (SAM) Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers is sponsoring John Odland Award (SAM student paper competition) at the 2017 AAG Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. The prizes will total a minimum of $1,500.

The competition is open to active undergraduate and graduate students who have previously not won the award. Papers may be of a theoretical or applied nature. They will be judged on the following criteria: (1) potential contribution to the use of mathematical models, statistical techniques and other technological and computational approaches for analyzing spatial phenomena in any subfield of geography; (2) appropriate and sound use of methodology; (3) originality; (4) organization and written composition of the paper; and (5) quality of oral presentation.

Students wishing to enter the competition should submit the title and 1,000-word extended abstract (using the required format [refer to SAM Student Paper Competition Template 2016 Click here to open Template]) of their paper to SAM Board Member Enki Yoo (eunhye@buffalo.edu) after registering to attend the 2017 AAG. Students should also include the PIN from their registration so that SAM can coordinate with the AAG to place competition papers into special sessions. The deadline to enter the competition is October 20, 2016. The committee will review the abstracts and let each applicant know if s/he is selected for participating in the paper competition session by November 15, 2016. All invited students entering the competition must submit their completed papers in .doc or .pdf format to the same e-mail address (eunhye@buffalo.edu) by February 15, 2017. Late submissions will not be accepted.

The paper must be based on research primarily conducted while the student was at an accredited university. Coauthored paper is accepted as long as the student is the primary author of the manuscript. Each entrant must submit a statement with their completed paper from a university faculty member, preferably their undergraduate or graduate advisor, describing the role of the student in completing the paper by February 15, 2017. If the committee does not receive a letter from a faculty supervisor, the candidate is automatically disqualified from the competition. The same paper cannot be submitted for multiple competitions and may not be submitted multiple years.

The title page of the submitted paper should include the name, current affiliation, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address of the entrant and coauthors if any. The following page should include only the title of the paper and an abstract. No identifying information should appear anywhere else than on the title page of the paper. Papers should be no longer than 35 double-spaced pages, including tables, figures, and references. A panel of judges will review the papers before the AAG meeting. The judges will also evaluate student presentations. The winner(s), if any, will be announced at the SAM specialty group business meeting and at the AAG Awards Luncheon. The judges' decision, including the possibility of not awarding a prize, is final.

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission Deadline: October 20, 2016
Notification for Participation: November 15, 2016
Full Paper Submission Deadline: February 15, 2017

Questions about the competition also can be directed to eunhye@buffalo.edu.

 

2016 Call for Papers

 

John Odland Award (SAM student paper competition). The Spatial Analysis and Modeling (SAM) Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers is sponsoring John Odland Award (SAM student paper competition) at the 2016 AAG Meeting in San Francisco, California. The prizes will total a minimum of $1,800.

The competition is open to active undergraduate and graduate students who have previously not won the award. Papers may be of a theoretical or applied nature. They will be judged on the following criteria: (1) potential contribution to the use of mathematical models, statistical techniques and other technological and computational approaches for analyzing spatial phenomena in any subfield of geography; (2) appropriate and sound use of methodology; (3) originality; (4) organization and written composition of the paper; and (5) quality of oral presentation.

Students wishing to enter the competition should submit the title and 250-word abstract of their paper to SAM Board Member Enki Yoo (eunhye@buffalo.edu) after registering to attend the 2016 AAG. Students should also include the PIN from their registration so that SAM can coordinate with the AAG to place competition papers into special sessions. The deadline to enter the competition is October 31, 2015. All students entering the competition must submit their completed papers in .doc or .pdf format to the same e-mail address (eunhye@buffalo.edu) by March 1, 2016. Late submissions will not be accepted.

The paper must be based on research primarily conducted while the student was at an accredited university. Each entrant must submit a statement with their completed paper from a university faculty member, preferably their undergraduate or graduate advisor, describing the role of the student in completing the paper. The same paper may not be submitted multiple years.

The title page of the submitted paper should include the name, current affiliation, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address of the entrant. The following page should include only the title of the paper and an abstract. No identifying information should appear anywhere else than on the title page of the paper. Papers should be no longer than 35 double-spaced pages, including tables, figures and references.

A panel of judges will review the papers before the AAG meeting. The judges will also evaluate student presentations. The winner(s), if any, will be announced at the SAM specialty group business meeting and at the AAG Awards Luncheon. The judges' decision, including the possibility of not awarding a prize, is final.

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission Deadline: October 31, 2015
Full Paper Submission Deadline: March 1, 2016

Questions about the competition also can be directed to eunhye@buffalo.edu.

 

2015 Call for Papers

 

John Odland Award (SAM student paper competition). The Spatial Analysis and Modeling (SAM) Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers is sponsoring John Odland Award (SAM student paper competition) at the 2015 AAG Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. The prizes will total a minimum of $1000.

The competition is open to active undergraduate and graduate students who have previously not won the award. Papers may be of a theoretical or applied nature. They will be judged on the following criteria: (1) potential contribution to the use of mathematical models, statistical techniques and other technological and computational approaches for analyzing spatial phenomena in any subfield of geography; (2) appropriate and sound use of methodology; (3) originality; (4) organization and written composition of the paper; and (5) quality of oral presentation.

Students wishing to enter the competition should submit the title and 250-word abstract of their paper to SAM Board Member Enki Yoo (eunhye@buffalo.edu) after registering to attend the 2015 AAG. Students should also include the PIN from their registration so that SAM can coordinate with the AAG to place competition papers into special sessions. The deadline to enter the competition is October 31, 2014. All students entering the competition must submit their completed papers in .doc or .pdf format to the same e-mail address (eunhye@buffalo.edu) by March 1, 2015. Late submissions will not be accepted.

The paper must be based on research primarily conducted while the student was at an accredited university. Each entrant must submit a statement with their completed paper from a university faculty member, preferably their undergraduate or graduate advisor, describing the role of the student in completing the paper. The same paper may not be submitted multiple years.

The title page of the submitted paper should include the name, current affiliation, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address of the entrant. The following page should include only the title of the paper and an abstract. No identifying information should appear anywhere else than on the title page of the paper. Papers should be no longer than 35 double-spaced pages, including tables, figures and references.

A panel of judges will review the papers before the AAG meeting. The judges will also evaluate student presentations. The winner(s), if any, will be announced at the SAM specialty group business meeting and at the AAG Awards Luncheon. The judges' decision, including the possibility of not awarding a prize, is final.

Important Dates:
Abstract Submission Deadline: October 31, 2014
Full Paper Submission Deadline: March 1, 2015

Questions about the competition also can be directed to eunhye@buffalo.edu.

 

2014 Call for Papers

 

John Odland Award (SAM student paper competition). The Spatial Analysis and Modeling (SAM) Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers is sponsoring this award at the 2014 AAG Meeting in Tampa, Florida. The prizes will total a minimum of $1000.

The competition is open to active undergraduate and graduate students who have previously not won the award. Papers may be of a theoretical or applied nature. They will be judged on the following criteria: (1) potential contribution to the use of mathematical models, statistical techniques and other technological and computational approaches for analyzing spatial phenomena in any subfield of geography; (2) appropriate and sound use of methodology; (3) originality; (4) organization and written composition of the paper; and (5) quality of oral presentation.

Students wishing to enter the competition should submit the title and 250-word abstract of their paper to SAM Board Member Joni Downs (downs@usf.edu) after registering to attend the 2014 AAG. Students should also include the PIN from their registration so that SAM can coordinate with the AAG to place competition papers into special sessions. The deadline to enter the competition isOctober 23, 2013. All students entering the competition must submit their completed papers in .doc or .pdf format to the same e-mail address (downs@usf.edu) by 1 March, 2014.  Late submissions will not be accepted.

The paper must be based on research primarily conducted while the student was at an accredited university. Each entrant must submit a statement with their completed paper from a university faculty member, preferably their undergraduate or graduate advisor, describing the role of the student in completing the paper. The same paper may not be submitted multiple years.

The title page of the submitted paper should include the name, current affiliation, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address of the entrant. The following page should include only the title of the paper and an abstract. No identifying information should appear anywhere else than on the title page of the paper. Papers should be no longer than 35 double-spaced pages, including tables, figures and references.

A panel of judges will review the papers before the AAG meeting. The judges will also evaluate student presentations. The winner(s), if any, will be announced at the SAM specialty group business meeting and at the AAG Awards Luncheon. The judges' decision, including the possibility of not awarding a prize, is final.

Questions about the competition also can be directed to downs@usf.edu.

2013 Call for Papers

 

John Odland Award (SAM Student Paper Competition). The Spatial Analysis and Modeling (SAM) Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers is sponsoring John Odland Award (SAM student paper competition) at the 2013 AAG Meeting in Los Angeles, CA. The prizes will total a minimum of $1000.  


The competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Papers may be of a theoretical or applied nature. They will be judged on the following criteria: (1) potential contribution to the use of mathematical models, statistical techniques and other technological and computational approaches for analyzing spatial phenomena in any subfield of geography; (2) appropriate and sound use of methodology; (3) originality; (4) organization and written composition of the paper; and (5) quality of oral presentation.   


Students wishing to enter the competition should submit the title and abstract of their paper to SAM Board Member Joni Downs after registering to attend the 2013 AAG. Students should also include the PIN from their registration so that SAM can coordinate with the AAG to place competition papers into special sessions. The deadline to enter the competition is October 24, 2012. All students entering the competition must submit their completed papers in .doc or .pdf format to the same e-mail address by February 15, 2014. 


The paper must be based on research primarily conducted while the student was at an accredited university. Each entrant must submit a statement with their completed paper from a university faculty member, preferably their undergraduate or graduate advisor, describing the role of the student in completing the paper. The entrant need not be a student at the time of the 2012 AAG meeting to enter the competition. 


The title page of the submitted paper should include the name, current affiliation, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address of the entrant. The following page should include only the title of the paper and an abstract. No identifying information should appear anywhere else than on the title page of the paper. Papers should be no longer than 35 double-spaced pages, including tables, figures and references. 


A panel of judges will review the papers before the AAG meeting. The judges will also evaluate student presentations. The winner(s), if any, will be announced at the SAM specialty group business meeting and at the AAG Awards Luncheon. Winners should make themselves available to attend the Luncheon. The judges' decision, including the possibility of not awarding a prize, is final. 

Questions about the competition also can be directed to downs@usf.edu.

 

2012 Call for Papers

 

The Spatial Analysis and Modeling (SAM) Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers is sponsoring a student paper competition at the 2012 AAG Meeting in New York, NY. The prizes will total a minimum of $1000.

The competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Papers may be of a theoretical or applied nature. They will be judged on the following criteria: 1) potential contribution to the use of mathematical models, statistical techniques and other technological and computational approaches for analyzing spatial phenomena in any subfield of geography; 2) appropriate and sound use of methodology; 3) originality; and 4) organization and written composition of the paper.

Students wishing to enter the competition should submit the title and abstract of their paper to SAM Vice-Chair Fang Qiu (ffqiu@utdallas.edu) after registering to attend the 2012 AAG. Students should also include the PIN from their registration so that SAM can coordinate with the AAG to place competition papers into special sessions. The deadline to enter the competition is September 28, 2011. All students entering the competition must submit their completed papers in .doc or .pdf format to same e-mail address (ffqiu@utdallas.edu) by January 1, 2012.

The paper must be based on research primarily conducted while the student was at an accredited university. Each entrant must submit a statement with their completed paper from a university faculty member, preferably their undergraduate or graduate advisor, describing the role of the student in completing the paper. The entrant need not be a student at the time of the 2012 AAG meeting to enter the competition.

The title page of the submitted paper should include the name, current affiliation, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address of the entrant. The following page should include only the title of the paper and an abstract. No identifying information should appear anywhere else than on the title page of the paper. Papers should be no longer than 35 double-spaced pages, including tables, figures and references.

A panel of judges will review the papers before the AAG meeting. The judges will also evaluate student presentations. The winner(s), if any, will be announced at the SAM specialty group business meeting and at the AAG Awards Luncheon. Winners should make themselves available to attend the Luncheon. The judges' decision, including the possibility of not awarding a prize, is final.

Past Winners

2017 The first prize of the SAM student paper competition went to Ashkan Gholamialam (University of Missouri; title: Modeling Alternative Routes for Bicyclists). The second prize went to Cody Schank (University of Texas at Austin; title: Using a Novel Model Approach to Assess the Distribution and Conservation Status of the Endangered Bairdís Tapir). The third prize went to Wangshu Mu (University of Arizona, title: A Spatial-Knowledge Enhanced Heuristic for the p-Median Problem).

2016 The first prize of the SAM student paper competition went to Dara Seidl (San Diego State University; title: Privacy and False Identification in Geomasking Techniques). The second prize went to Alexander Hohl (University of North Carolina at Charlotte; title: Accelerated Discovery of Infectious Disease Clusters Using Adaptive Spatiotemporal Domain Decomposition). Two students were award third prize: Sy Yeon Han (San Diego State University; title: Revisiting the Death of Geography in the Social Network Era: Using Social Media (Twitter) to Measure the Effect of Distance Decay on Spatial Interaction between Cyberspace and Real Space) and Debbie Blackmore (Portland State University; title: A Geospatial Tool for Wetland Prioritization at the Watershed Scale).

2015 The recipients were Sinha Parmanand, University of Texas at Dallas and Xiang Ye (University at Buffalo-SUNY; title: Moran Correlation Coefficient).

2014 The first prize of the SAM student paper competition went to Paul Holloway (University of Texas at Austin; title: Sensitivity Analysis of Step Selection Function Model Parameters). Ying Song, Ohio State University, was recognized for her research, "Modeling Movement Probabilities within Transportation Networks Using Network Time Prisms and Stochastic Spatio-Temporal Processes."

2013 The first prize of the SAM student paper competition went to Ruojing Scholz (Texas State University; title: Detection of dynamic activity patterns at collective scale from large volume trajectory data). The second prize went to Jing Gao (University of Buffalo-SUNY; title: Bias-variance error decomposition for geospatial regression models. Two students were awarded third prize: Luyang Ren (Clark University; title: Implementing Visual Contrast in Viewshed Determination) and Qiaojue Wang.

2012 The first prize of the SAM student paper competition went to Elizabeth Delmelle (University of North Carolina at Charlotte; title: The Reciprocal Relationships of Neighborhood Quality of Life Dynamics: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach). The second prize went to Ran Wei (Arizona State University; title: Spatial Uncertainty in Forest Management Planning) and Kangping Si (Clark University; title: A new method for multiple-threshold map comparison and accuracy assessment). The third prize was awarded to Xingjian Liu (University of Cambridge; title: Modeling the Interlocking World City Network with Exponential Random Graph (p*) Models).

2011 The first prize of the SAM student paper competition was awarded to Li Zhou (University of Cincinnati; paper title: Investigating Gasoline Zone Pricing in Cincinnati by General Linear Modeling). Yujia Zhang from Clark University won the second prize (title: Characterizing Land Changes over Several Points in Time) and Michael J. Widener of University at Buffalo won the third prize (title: Developing a Parallel Computational Implementation of AMOEBA for Large Spatial Datasets).

2010 After evaluating on both the full papers and presentations, the SAM board decided to award Lina Cao (University of Utah) the first prize, and Xingjian Liu (Texas State University - San Marcos) and Woo Jang (University of Georgia) the second prize of graduate student awards. For the first time, SAM awarded a first place undergraduate student prize to Katherine Johnson (Stanford University).

2009

2008 The co-winners of the competition were: Yongwan Chun (University of Texas-Dallas; paper title: Modeling Network Autocorrelation within Migration Flows by Spatial Eigenvectors) and Jamison F. Conley (Pennsylvania State University; paper title: Using Moment Invariants to Analyze Cluster Shapes and Hypothesize Potential Causes). Second place in the competition went to: Neeti Neeti (Clark University; paper title: Modeling Trends in Phenological Curve Shape Properties Using AVHRR-NDVI Data).

2007 Qiang Cai from University of Iowa took 1st prize while the 2nd prize was shared by David Wheeler and Youngho Kim, both from Ohio State University.

2006 The first prize went to Jonathan Schroeder from University of Minnesota; the second prize winner was Noah Goldstein from UC-Santa Barbara; and the 3rd prize winner was Soumya Mazumdar from University of Iowa.

2005 Eun-Hye Yoo from UCSB (1st place), and Eric Delmelle from SUNY-Buffalo and Richard Middelton from UCSB who tied for the 2nd place. Also, this year's winner for emerging scholar paper competition is: Ikuho Yamada from IUPUI.

2004

2003 There was a tie, so the winners this year were Changjoo Kim (graduate student in the Department of Geography at Ohio State University - "Infrastructure design and cost allocation in hub network") and Nicholas Nagle (graduate student in the Department of Geography at University of California at Santa Barbara - "A point-based regression analysis of industrial location").

2002 The winner this year was Kai Chi Leung (graduate student in the Department of Geography at Clark University) for his paper titled "Incorporation of spatial configuration in land allocation: a threshold approach."

2001 The SAM sponsored student paper competition and paper session had five entries. The winner of this competition was Sang-Il Lee (graduate student in the Department of Geography at The Ohio State University) for his paper titled "Developing a bivariate spatial association measure: an extension of Moran's I."

2000

1999 The SG judges declined to award a prize in the student paper competition. The emerging scholar prize was awarded to Qing Shen (MIT) for his paper entitled "An approach to representing the spatial structure of the information society."

1998 This year's winner of the stutent paper competition is Peter Fellows, Syracuse University.

1997 This year's winners of the competition are Pat Pellegrini (Ohio State U., 1996 Ph.D. from SUNY/Buffalo) and Michael Tiefeldorf (Ph.D. student, Wilfrid Laurier U.).

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