2022 Illustrated-Students

2022 RSSG Student Illustrated Paper Competition

Sponsored by: Remote Sensing Specialty Group (RSSG)

The Remote Sensing Specialty Group (RSSG) of the Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce the 2022 RSSG Student Illustrated Paper Competition. Students from all academic levels are invited to submit illustrated papers on all topics that advance the field of remote sensing. Students selected as finalists will be placed in a special illustrated paper session at the AAG Annual Meeting to be held February 25-March 1, 2022, New York City, NY.

Illustrated Paper Information

We encourage illustrated papers on innovative remote sensing methods, concepts, theories, and applications. Research must have been completed within the past academic year as part of the applicant’s undergraduate or graduate studies and can include thesis/dissertation topics. The applicant must be a student when presenting the illustrated papers at the 2022 AAG Meeting. While papers may include co-authors, the applicant must be primarily responsible for the research presented.

Important Dates

  • January 6, 2022: deadline for submitting an abstract to the RSSG (same as the regular AAG poster abstract submission deadline).
  • February 20, 2022: deadline for submitting the full illustrated paper

Extended Illustrated Paper Competition Guidelines and Structures

An illustrated paper is a poster presentation accompanied by a short (3‐ to 5‐minute) oral summary of the research problem, data, methods, and findings, followed by a one‐on‐one or small group discussion. For in-person sessions, each presenter will be provided a 4′ tall x 8′ wide board on which to display their poster and materials. Virtual poster sessions will take place in a Zoom meeting room.


First, second, and third place awards will be determined following the competition sessions. The prizes are:

  • First place-$300
  • Second place-$200
  • Third place-$100

An undergraduate award may also be made to an outstanding undergraduate researcher. The first place award will be presented at the AAG Annual Awards Luncheon and the luncheon fee will be covered for the first place winner. The committee reserves the right to not offer such prizes if the papers are not of appropriate quality.


Posters and oral summaries will be judged by the RSSG judge committee on potential contribution to the field of remote sensing, originality, novelty, appropriate use of methodology, organization and composition, clarity, and appropriate use of graphics. Evaluation will take into account the academic level of the finalists.

Submission Requirements

Students who are interested should electronically submit the following materials to the RSSG Student Co-Director, Bo Peng, at bo.peng@wisc.edu and use “2022 RSSG Student Illustrated Paper Competition” as the subject title:

  • A copy of the email receipt received from the AAG online abstract submission process (which includes the PIN, due January 6, 2022)
  • Abstract (due January 6, 2022)
  • Complete the advisor’s form https://forms.office.com/r/NcJBHDBzB8 (due January 6, 2022)
  • A copy of the poster in PDF format (due February 20, 2022)


If you have any questions about this competition, please send an email to the RSSG Student Co-Director, Bo Peng, at bo.peng@wisc.edu, and use “2022 RSSG Student Illustrated Paper Competition” as the subject title.