2023 RSSG Student Illustrated Paper Competition

The Remote Sensing Specialty Group (RSSG) of the Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce the 2023 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. Finalists will be placed in a special illustrated paper session at the 2023 AAG Annual Meeting to be held on March 23-27, 2023 in Denver, CO.

Enhancing diversity, promoting inclusion, and broadening participation in the discipline of geography are goals that are central to the AAG and its mission. We strongly encourage female students and students in underrepresented groups in geography to participate in this competition.

Illustrated Paper Information

An illustrated paper is a poster presentation accompanied by a short (3- to 5-minute) oral summary of the research question, data, methods, and findings, followed by a one-on-one or small group discussion. For in-person sessions, presenters will be provided a 4′ x 8′ board to display their posters and materials. Virtual sessions will be held in a virtual meeting room organized by the AAG.

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 student’s undergraduate or graduate studies and can include thesis/dissertation topics. The finalist must be a student when presenting the illustrated paper at the 2023 AAG Meeting. While papers may include co-authors, the student must be the first author and be primarily responsible for the research presented.

Important Dates

  • November 11, 2022 is the deadline for submitting 1) the conference registration confirmation, 2) the abstract code, and 3) the student form.
  • November 18, 2022 is the deadline for submitting the advisor’s form.
  • Finalists will be notified by email on November 29, 2022.
  • March 16, 2023 is the deadline for submitting the full poster.


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


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 in participating in this competition should electronically submit the following materials to the RSSG Director, Dr. Carter Wang, at cwang@towson.edu and use “2023 RSSG Student Illustrated Paper Competition” as the subject title:

  • A copy of the conference registration confirmation (in PDF) (due November 11, 2022)
  • A copy of the email receipt (in PDF) including the abstract and the abstract code
    received from the AAG after submitting your abstract through the AAG online abstract submission portal (due November 11, 2022)
  • The student completes the student form. Available at https://forms.office.com/r/9GHJHBikNg (due November 11, 2022)
  • The student’s advisor completes the advisor’s form. Available at
    https://forms.office.com/r/icHqJUSmtV (due November 18, 2022)
  • A copy of the poster in PDF format (due March 16, 2023)


If you have any questions or concerns about this competition, please send an email to the RSSG Director, Dr. Carter Wang, at cwang@towson.edu, and use “2023 RSSG Student Illustrated Paper Competition” as the subject title.