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Student Honors Paper Competition Award: This award seeks students from all academic levels to submit a full paper in AAG that advance remote sensing. Research must have been completed entirely by the applicant. While papers may include co-authors, the applicant must be primarily responsible for the research presented. Students selected as finalists will be placed in a special competition session at the AAG Annual Meeting. First, second, and third place awards will be determined immediately following the competition sessions and awarded at the Awards Luncheon. Cash prizes are provided to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers!
2020 Call for Papers

Student Illustrated Paper Competition Award: This award seeks students from all academic levels to submit illustrated papers in AAG that advance remote sensing and/or GIS. Research must have been completed within the past academic year as part of the applicant’s undergraduate or graduate studies. Illustrated papers must be created entirely by the applicant. While papers may include co-authors, the applicant must be primarily responsible for the research presented. Students selected as finalists will be placed in a special illustrated paper session at the AAG Annual Meeting. First, second, and third place awards will be determined immediately following the competition sessions and awarded at the Awards Luncheon. Cash prizes are provided to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers! 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.
2020 Call for Papers

2019 RSSG Student Honors Paper Competition Winners
Honors Paper
1st place: Qiming Zheng, Indian State University and Zhejiang University, Developing a new cross-sensor calibration model for DMSP-OLS and Suomi-NPP VIIRS night-light imageries
2nd place: Ye Tian, University of Georgia, Analysis of Spatial and Seasonal Distributions of Air Pollutants by Incorporating Urban Morphological Characteristics
3rd place: Wenting Cao, Zhejiang University; Iowa State University, Mapping changes in coastlines and tidal flats in developing islands using the full time series of Landsat images
Illustrated Paper
1st place: Abhishek Kumar, University of Georgia, Cyanotracker: A multi-cloud cyber infrastructure for monitoring global proliferation of cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms
2nd place: Sam Khallaghi, Clark University, Baseline & Transect method compared to Polygon Overlay method to measure boundary change
3rd place: Geyang Li, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Near-Surface and High Resolution Satellite Remote Sensing Time Series for Understanding Crop Phenological Responses to Climate Change
2018 RSSG Student Honors Paper Competition Winners
Honors Paper
1st place: Sory I. Toure, San Diego State University; Integrating multi-spatial resolution data and object-based image analysis to examine land use/cover change: A proof of concept for urban land change in the developing world.
2nd place: Xiao Huang, University of South Carolina; A flooding probability reconstruction approach by enhancing near real-time imagery with real-time gauge and tweets.
3rd place: Shengyuan Zou, State University of New York at Buffalo; Detecting vacant house at individual level with remote sensing.
Illustrated Paper
1st place: Yang Liu, University of Cincinnati; Spatial-temporal evolution of shale oil development in the Marcellus Shale in the past century.
2nd place: Rachel Snavely, San Diego State University; Mapping vegetation community types in a highly-disturbed landscape: integrating hierarchical object-based image analysis with digital surface models.
3rd place: Xinghe Liu, State University of New York at Buffalo; Inversion of Mangrove Forest Leaf Area Index Using Consumer Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
2017 RSSG Student Honors Paper Competition Winners
Honors Paper
1st place: Su Ye, Clark University; Monitoring Tropical Tree Crop Plantation Expansion Using Landsat Time Series and a Shapelet-based Approach.
2nd place: Jing Li, UMass, Amherst; Estimating algal biomass in a shallow eutrophic lake using a look-up- table and spectrum-matching approach.
3rd place: Dameng Yin, University of Buffalo; Individual Mangrove Crown Delineation using UAV-LiDAR Data: Possibilities and Difficulties
Illustrated Paper
1st place: Qiuyan Yu, University of South Florida; Understanding association between land surface temperature variation, and tree biophysical and biochemical properties for urban heat island studies/assessment using LiDAR and Landsat TM.
2nd place: Molly Smith, Florida Atlantic University; Sand Analysis Using a Combined Spectroscopic and Microscopic Technique.
3rd place: David O'Brien, Clark University; GIS Validation for projects to Reduce Emissions due to Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)
2016 RSSG Student Honors Paper Competition Winners
Honors Paper
1st place: Wenjie Ji, University at Buffalo; Phenology-guided saltcedar (Tamarix spp.) mapping using Landsat TM images in western U.S.
2nd place: Jiwei Li, University of Massachusetts; Remote sensing retrieval of colored dissolved organic matter in optically shallow waters.
3rd place: Tengyun Hu, Tsinghua University; Detailed land use mapping of Beijing based on medium-resolution satellite images and Point of Interest data.
Illustrated Paper
1st place: Laurel Ballanti, San Francisco State University; Tree Species Classification Using Hyperspectral Imagery in Muir Woods National Monument and Kent Creek Canyon, California.
2nd place: Fang Fang, West Virginia University; Discriminating tree species using crown-scale measurements: fusing leaf-on LiDAR and high-resolution multi-spectral satellite data.
3rd place: Kyle Mullen: Minnesota State University-Mankato; Early Detection of Mountain Pine Beetle Attacked Trees using WorldView-2 Imagery and Field data.
2015 RSSG Student Honors Paper Competition Winners
Honors Paper
1st Place: Yuhong Zhou, University of Texas at Dallas; Object-level fusion of LiDAR pseudo-waveforms and HSR multi-spectral data for land cover mapping.
2nd Place: Chen Shi, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York; Spatial statistical detection of homogenous regions for remotely sensed imagery.
3rd Place: Xuecao Li, Center of Earth System Science, Tsinghua University; A 30-year (1984-2013) record of annual impervious surface dynamics of Beijing City derived from Landsat Data.
Illustrated Paper
1st Place: Mengyao Zhang, University of Connecticut; Application of Using Google Direction API to Support GIS in Transit Time Calculation: A Case Study of Food Access Analysis in Hartford, Connecticut.
2nd Place: Shujie Wang, University of Cincinnati; Investigation of the flow dynamics of the rapidly retreating ice shelves, Antarctica.
3rd Place: Rebecca Chapman, Clark University; Algorithm to measure differences between maps of a continuous variable.
2014 RSSG Student Honors Paper Competition Winners
Honors Paper
1st Place: Yanlei Chen, University of California, Berkeley; BITE: an algorithm for mapping chronic forest disturbances caused by mountain pine beetles with Landsat TM image stacks (Award prize = $500).
2nd Place: Lucy K. Tetteh, Mississippi State University; A multi-decadal remote sensing study on glacial change in the North Patagonia (Award prize = $250).
3rd Place: Matthew Dannenberg, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Evidence of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation influencing variability in land surface phenology and productivity in the western United States (Award prize = $150).
Illustrated Paper
1st Place: Andrew Thorpe, University of California, Santa Barbara; Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology; Mapping and quantifying methane emissions using airborne imaging spectroscopy (Award prize = $500).
2nd Place: Panshu Zhao, Texas A&M University, College Station; Integration of spectral and topographic information into an analytical reasoning model to map debris-covered glaciers in the Karakoram Himalaya (Award prize = $250).
3rd Place: Yan Huang, East China Normal University; Derivation of split-window algorithm for Landsat-8 dual channel thermal images and its application to spatial pattern analysis of water temperatures of Arctic lakes (Award prize = $150).
2013 RSSG Student Honors Paper Competition Winners
Honors Paper
1st Place: Niti Mishra, University of Texas - Austin; "Relating Spatial Patterns of Fractional Land Cover to Savanna Vegetation Morphology using Multi-scale Remote Sensing in the Central Kalahari" (Award prize = $500).
2nd Place: Wenkai Li, University of California-Merced; "A New Accuracy Assessment Method for One-Class Classification of Remote Sensing Data" (Award prize = $250).
3rd Place: Chunyuan Diao, University at Buffalo; "Development of an Invasive Species Distribution Model with Fine-Resolution Remote Sensing" (Award prize = $150).
Illustrated Paper
1st Place: Thomas O'Connell, Salem State University, "No More Hidden Secrets: Human Rights Violations and Remote Sensing" (Award prize = $500).
2nd Place: Laura Hansen, Clark University, "Comparison of metrics to measure land change model performance across various REDD projects" (Award prize = $250).
3rd Place: Xianonan Tai, University at Buffalo, "Validating habitat suitability model with remote sensing-derived species fractions: Using Invasive Tamarisk as an example" (Award prize = $150).
2012 RSSG Student Honors Paper Competition Winners
Honors Paper
1st Place: Amy E. Frazier, State University of New York at Buffalo, Super-Resolution Land Cover Mapping using Landscape Metrics (Award prize = $500).
2nd Place: Iryna Dronova, University of California at Berkeley, Landscape analysis of wetland plant functional types: the effects of image segmentation scale, vegetation classes and classification methods (Award prize = $250).
3rd Place: Amy L. McCleary, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, A Comparison of Support Vector Machine and Object Based Image Analysis Approaches for Mapping Land Use/Cover: A Case Study of the Galápagos Islands (Award prize = $150).
Illustrated Paper
1st Place: Andrew Shatz, Clark University, Creating and Analyzing a Time Series of Species Distribution Models: Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) in Worchester County, MA (Award prize = $500).
2nd Place: Marion Clement & Kae Yamane, Rutgers University, The Shantytown Mapping Project: Google Earth in the Study of Urban Shantytowns (Award prize = $250).
3rd Place: Shanshan Cai, Department of Geography, The Ohio State University, Combing Object-based Classification Approach with Pixel-based Contextual Classification on Airborne High Spatial Resolution Remote Sensing Imagery (Award prize = $150).
2011 RSSG Student Honors Paper Competition Winners
1st Place
Benjamin W. Heumann (University of North Carolina)
“A comparison of spectral and spatial techniques to map mangrove forest canopy structure”
Prize: $500.00
2nd Place
Nicholas Cuba (Clark University)
“Modeling Spatio-Temporal Variation in Deciduousness in the Southern Yucatan Peninsula Using MODIS Vegetation Indices, 2000-2010
Prize: $250.00
3rd Place
Sachidananda Mishra (Mississippi State University)
“A Quasi-Analytical Algorithm to Quantify Phycocyanin Concentration in Turbid Productive Waters”
Prize: $150.00
Remote Sensing/GIS/Cartography Student Illustrated Paper Awards
1st Place
Candice Luebbering (Virginia Technological University)
“Visualizing linguistic diversity through cartography”
Prize: $500.00
2nd Place
Harini Sridharan (University of Texas-Dallas)
“Expectation-Maximization based Dasymetric Mapping of Population at building-level”
Prize: $250.00
3rd Place
Sarah Geise (Carthage College)
“Measuring Suburban Sprawl and Land Cover in Boston's Northern Suburbs”
Prize: $150.00
2010 Remote Sensing Student Honors Papers Awards
First Place
Caiyun Zhang, University of Texas-Dallas
Prize: $500
Second Place
Nicholas Giner, Clark University
Prize: $250
Third Place
Sachidananda Mishra, Mississippi State University
Prize: $150
2010 Remote Sensing/GIS/Cartography Student Illustrated Paper Awards
First Place
Moumita Duttagupta, Salem State College
Prize: $500
Second Place
Yuji Zhang, Clark University
Prize: $250
Third Place
Jenner Alpern, Clark University
Prize: $150
2009 RSSG Student Honors Paper Competition Winners
First Place
Daniel Redo, Texas A&M University
"A Hybrid Remote Sensing Protocol for Tracking Land Change Types in the Seasonal Tropics."
Second Place
Xuefei Hu, Indiana State University
"Impervious Surface Extractions from IKONOS Imagery Using Object-Based Approach."
Third Place
Jahan Kariyeva, University of Arizona
"Land Surface Phenological Responses to Changes in Land and Water Use, Climate and Socio-Economic: Central Asia Before and After the USSR Collapse."
2009 Remote Sensing/GIS/Cartography Student Illustrated Paper Awards
First Place
Robert Roth, Pennsylvania State University
"Geographic Disparities in U.S. Cervical Can cer Mortality, 2000-2004."
Second Place
Mary Lindsey, University of Maryland
"Impact of Clouds on Later-Season Agricultural Land Cover Classification in Kentucky."
Third Place
Prajna Regmi, Clark University
"Indian Ocean Dipole-Relationship with El Niño-Southern Oscillation and Teleconnectors in South Asia."
2008 RSSG Student Honors Paper Competition Winners
First Place
Jose Silvan (Texas State University at San Marcos)
Presentation Title: Retrieval of sub-pixel Tamarix canopy cover from Landsat data along the Forgotten River: Assessing the influence of multiple scattering
Prize: $500
Second Place
Wenhui Wang (University of Maryland at College Park)
Presentation Title: Estimating High Spatial Resolution Clear-Sky Land Surface Downwelling Longwave Radiation from MODIS Data
Prize: $300
Third Place
Joseph Fortier (Clark University)
Presentation Title: Utilizing temporally invariant training sites to classify multiple dates of satellite imagery
Prize: $200
2008 RSSG/GISSG/CSG Student Illustrated Paper Competition Winners
First Place
Alicia Simonti (Clark University)
Presentation Title: Image Time Series Analysis of SeaWIFS Ocean Color Product for the Investigation of Ocean Chlorophyll Dynamics
Prize: $500
Second Place
Oh Seok Kim (Clark University)
Presentation Title: Contribution of GIScience to Carbon Credit Estimation
Prize: $300
Third Place
Bardan Ghimire (Clark University)
Presentation Title: Incorporating spatial dependence in random forest classification models
Prize: $200
2007 RSSG Student Honors Paper Competition
First Place
Amy Neuenschwander – University of Texas at Austin
Presentation Title: Assessing Temporal Dynamics Using Landsat TM/ETM+: Disturbance and Resilience in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
Prize: $500
Second Place
Junmei Tang – Texas State University at San Marcos
Presentation Title: Modeling urban landscape dynamics through fuzzy CA model
Prize: $300
Third Place
Kuan Song – University of Maryland at College Park
Presentation Title: A Geolocation Accuracy Assessment of NASA Landsat GeoCover
Prize: $200
Honorable Mentions
Evan Ellicott – University of Maryland at College Park
Presentation Title: Global Estimates Of Biomass Burning Particulate Matter Using Fire Radiative Power
Prize: Clark Labs IDRISI License
Tao Zheng – University of Maryland at College Park
Presentation Title: Mapping Incident Photosynthetically Active Radiation From AVHRR Data
Prize: Leica Geosystems ERDAS Imagine License
Marco Millones – Clark University
Presentation Title: Follies and fixes of commonly used indices of categorical map comparison in land change simulation models
Prize: ESRI ArcGIS License
2007 RSSG/GISSG/CSG Student Illustrated Paper Competition
First Place
Joseph Fortier – Clark University
Presentation Title: A comparison of Machine Learning Algorithms: The Effects of Classification Scheme Detail on Map Accuracy
Prize: $500
Second Place
Karen Culcasi – Syracuse University
Presentation Title: Cartography and the Construction of the "Middle East"
Prize: $300
Third Place
Aude Esperbé – San Diego State University
Presentation Title: A High-Resolution Self-Organizing Map Based on Physical and Human Attributes of Geographic Space
Prize: $200
Honorable Mentions
Evan Martzial – Salem State College
Presentation Title: Analyzing the 2006 Oil Spill off of Lebanese Coast
Prize: ESRI ArcGIS License
James Langill – Salem State College
Presentation Title: A Tale of two fires. A Comparison of the Mann Gulch and Storm King Mountain (South Canyon) fires
Prize: Prentice Hall World Atlas
Devin Dworkin – Salem State College
Presentation Title: An Urbanization Analysis and growth projection of greater Guangzhou City, Guangdong, China, 1990, 2000 and 2010
Prize: Prentice Hall World Atlas
John Raymond, Sr. – Salem State College
Presentation Title: Using LIDAR to measure roof areas in hurricane prone regions
Prize: ESRI Press GIS A to Z Illustrated Dictionary
2006 RSSG Student Honors Paper Competition Winners
First Place
Densheng Liu – University of California at Berkeley
Presentation Title: Detecting Sudden Oak Death Dynamics from Multi-temporal High Spatial Resolution Imagery
Prize: $500 and RSI ENVI 4.2 license
Second Place
Amy McCleary – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Presentation Title: A Multi-temporal Classification Approach to Isolating Seasonal Variation in Landuse/Landcover Change in the Peruvian Amazon
Prize: $250 and Clark Labs IDRISI Andes license
Third Place
Guiyan Zhou – Louisiana State University
Presentation Title: Reducing the Edge Effects in the Classification of High-resolution Imagery
Prize: $150
2006 RSSG/GISSG/CSG Student Illustrated Paper Competition Winners
First Place
Jessica McCarty – University of Maryland at College Park
Presentation Title: Agricultural Burning in the Southeastern United States Detected by MODIS
Prize: $500 and ESRI ArcGIS 9.1 license
Second Place
John Connors – Clark University
Presentation Title: Quantifying categorical associations using sub-pixel mapping
Prize: $250 and ESRI ArcGIS 9.1 license
Third Place
Jason Knowles - Louisiana State University
Presentation Title: Visual representations of the spatial correlation between Bermuda High strengths and tropical cyclone tracks
Prize: $150 and ESRI ArcGIS 9.1 license
2005 RSSG Student Honors Paper Competition Winners
First Place
Qi Chen - University of California Berkeley (Presenter)
Presentation Title: Isolating Individual Trees in a Savanna Woodland Using Small Footprint LIDAR Data.
Second Place
Lei Wang - Texas A & M University (Presenter)
Presentation Title: Wavelet-transform Based Edge Detection Approach to Derivation of Snowmelt Information from Satellite Passive Microwave Measurements.
Third Place
Xin Miao - University of California Berkeley (Presenter)
Presentation Title: Estimation of Yellow Starthistle Cover through CASI-2 Hyperspectral Imagery Using Linear Spectral Mixture Models.
Undergraduate Award
Christopher Lippitt - Clark University (Presenter)
Presentation Title: Timber Harvest: A Comparison of Machine Learning Classifiers.
2005 Cartography/GIS/RSSG Student Illustrated Paper Competition Winners
First Place
Stephen David Gardner - Pennsylvania State University (Presenter)
Presentation Title: Map-Use Testing of the Color Brewer Color Schemes for Accommodation of the Color-Vision Impaired.
Second Place
Jian Liu - University Of Wisconsin (Presenter)
Presentation Title: Mapping with Words for Knowledge-based Natural Resource Mapping.
Third Place (Tie)
Shuo-Sheng Derek Wu - Texas State University (Presenter)
Presentation Title: An Improved Dasymetric Mapping Method for Remodeling Census Populations.
Amy Norman - University of Texas at Austin (Presenter)
Presentation Title: Multi-temporal Characterization of Land Use/Land Cover in Iquitos, Peru.
Undergraduate
Michelle Roy - Salem State College (Presenter)
Presentation Title: Change in NDVI Over Australian Land Cover from 1999 to 2003.
2004 RSSG Student Honors Paper Competition Winners
First Place
Elena Tarnavsky - San Diego State University (Presenter)
Presentation Title: Fidelity of scanned and direct digital imagery in a land-cover change context.
Second Place
Qinghua Guo - University of California Berkeley (Presenter)
Presentation Title: An object-based classification method in detecting Sudden Oak Death.
Third Place
Claudia M. Stickler - University of Florida (Presenter)
Presentation Title: Predicting the complexity of primate habitat selection in Kibale National Park, Western Uganda, using multi-scale spatial analysis and remote sensing.
Undergraduate Award
Christopher Lippitt - Clark University (Presenter)
Presentation Title: A method to distinguish real landscape change from map error during map comparison.
2004 Cartography/GIS/RSSG Student Illustrated Paper Competition Winners
First Place
Erik Strandhagen - University of Oregon (Presenter)
Presentation Title: Views of the rivers; representing hydrological data of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Second Place
Carl J. Legleiter - University of California Santa Barbara (Presenter)
Presentation Title: Remote mapping and geostatistical analysis of river channel morphology and change in Yellowstone National Park.
Third Place
Christopher Zanger - Oregon State University (Presenter)
Presentation Title: Ecoregion delineation: using a GIS to identify and model the dominant ecoregion variables in Southern Oregon / Northern California.