2024 Student Illustrated Paper Competition

April 16-April 20, 2024, Honolulu, HI

Address: Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

2005 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI 96815

Sponsored by: Remote Sensing Specialty Group (RSSG)

The Remote Sensing Specialty Group (RSSG) of the Association of American Geographers is pleased to announce the 2024 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 2024 AAG Annual Meeting to be held on April 16 – April 20, 2024, Honolulu, HI.

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 with 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 2024 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 30, 2023: deadline for submitting 1) the conference registration confirmation, 2) the abstract code, 3) the student form, and 4) the advisor’s form.
  • Dec 15, 2023: notification of finalists by email.
  • April 12, 2024: deadline for submitting the full poster.

Please note that all time requirements are according to Hawaii–Aleutian Time (UTC-10:00).


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 consider 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 Student Co-Director, Suiyuan Wang, at suiyuanw@buffalo.edu and use “2024 RSSG Student Illustrated Paper Competition” as the subject title:

  • A copy of the conference registration confirmation (in PDF) (due November 30, 2023)
  • 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 30, 2023)
  • The student completes the student form. Available at https://forms.office.com/r/CMHUFTzf6t  (due November 30, 2023)
  • The student’s advisor completes the advisor’s form. Available at
    https://forms.office.com/r/BwxKm4Jg5a (due November 30, 2023)
  • A copy of the poster in PDF format (due April 12, 2024)


If you have any questions or concerns about this competition, please send an email to the RSSG Director, Dr. Hongsheng Zhang, at zhanghs@hku.hk, or Suiyuan Wang at suiyuanw@buffalo.edu and use “2024 RSSG Student Illustrated Paper Competition” as the subject title.