22 February 2011

UCGIS Summer Assembly 2011

UCGIS Summer Assembly 2011
June 22-23, Boulder, CO 
Call for Research and Poster Abstracts
Full Papers by Graduate Students and Junior Faculty

The 2011 UCGIS Summer Assembly will be held at the beautiful location of the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s (NCAR) Research Application Laboratory facilities in Boulder, CO. In keeping with the location of this year’s Summer Assembly, the theme of this meeting is 'GIScience for the Changing Human Environment'. This includes topics on representation, analysis, data modeling, and visualization relating to human-environment interactions, sustainability, water, climate, and health. The program will involve plenary talks, research and poster presentations, and a workshop to collaborate on a new UCGIS initiative in geographic information science education, by participants based at UCGIS member institutions (see http://www.ucgis.org/).
Research abstracts of up to two pages addressing the conference theme are solicited. These abstracts will be reviewed by the Summer Assembly program committee, and selected authors will be invited to present their research results at the meeting. We also invite separate submissions for a poster session in the form of an abstract of up to 1 page in length. High quality abstracts that are not accepted for the research presentation sessions will be considered for the poster session. All abstracts will be posted on the UCGIS website.
Graduate students and junior faculty (i.e., untenured assistant professors) from UCGIS member institutions are encouraged to submit research papers of up to 5000 words also addressing the conference theme. The program committee will review these papers and selected papers will be presented as part of the research presentation sessions. Authors of papers selected for presentation will be eligible to receive reimbursement for travel expenses up to $1000. See UCGIS Travel Awards below for more details.

The deadline for submission of research and poster abstracts, and full papers by graduate students and junior faculty, is April 22, 2011. All submissions must be made through EasyChair at https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ucgissummerassembly2
Notification of acceptance will be made on or before May 9, 2011.

UCGIS Travel Awards Sponsored by USGS and ESRI
The students and junior faculty selected for paper presentations will be eligible to receive up to $1000 to help cover travel costs of the 2011 Summer Assembly. All submissions must come from students and junior faculty of UCGIS member institutions that are in good standing. These awards are sponsored by the USGS and ESRI. Individuals will be responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements and submitting receipts for reimbursement following the meeting. If needed, participants are encouraged to apply for additional funds from their home institutions. In order to receive the award, the participants must be selected to present their paper at the 2011 Summer Assembly.
No more than one student and/or one junior faculty member will be selected from any UCGIS institution to receive a travel award to attend the meeting. If you have received a UCGIS Summer Assembly paper award in the past, you are still eligible to submit again, but the paper must be on a completely new research topic. A faculty member at a UCGIS member institution must approve student papers.

Best Graduate Student Paper Award – Sponsored by Transactions in GIS
Wiley-Blackwell, the publisher of Transactions in GIS will present a “Best Paper” award of $200 for the best paper and presentation among the graduate student submissions. To be eligible for this award, the paper must not have been previously published nor should it be under consideration for publication. Authors must also be either engaged in full or part-time postgraduate research or within one year of completion of their research degree (assuming the scholar does not have faculty appointment). The editors will approve the selection of the winner and may choose to recommend that no publication award be made.
In addition, presented papers by graduate students and junior faculty will be reviewed in consideration for submission to one of several potential peer-reviewed outlets. The editors of Transactions in GIS, and the International Journal of Geographic Information Science, for example, have agreed to work with the authors of selected papers and advise on the submission process for their journals.

Please visit the UCGIS website (see http://www.ucgis.org/) for updates and more information about the Summer Assembly 2011.

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