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Student Paper Awards and Travel Grants


Association of Pacific Coast Geographers
83rd Annual Meeting in San Marcos, CA
Oct. 21 – 24, 2020

Here is an excellent opportunity for students who would like to present their research at a professional meeting. Students benefit from the challenge of presenting to a diverse audience and receiving expert feedback. To encourage participation and to recognize and reward meritorious student scholarship, the APCG offers the following awards. Note that student presenters may also apply for a travel grant of $200. (Student Awards Flyer PDF)

Doctoral Level
    President's Award for an Outstanding Paper
    Tom McKnight & Joan Clemons Award for an Outstanding Paper
   Geosystems Award for Best Applied Geography/Earth Systems Student Paper
   APCG Award for Best Poster
Master's Level
    President's Award for an Outstanding Paper
    Tom McKnight & Joan Clemons Award for an Outstanding Paper
    Harry & Shirley Bailey Award for an Oustanding Physical Geography Paper
    APCG Award for Best Poster
Baccalaureate Level
    President's Award for an Oustanding Paper

    Geosystems Award for Best Applied Geography/Earth Systems Student Paper
    APCG Award for Best Poster


Notes:
    Judges will evaluate all papers within a single degree level.
    Paper and poster awards carry a $200 cash prize; the Geosystems Awards are $500.
    Faculty may not co-author or present in any student competition.
    Judges may withhold awards.

The Awards are open to undergraduate and graduate students who are APCG members. The paper or poster must be presented at the annual meeting. Evaluation is made by the APCG Awards Committee based on the extended abstract and the presentation.

To enter the student paper or poster competition, students must complete the following steps:

1) Register and submit the regular short abstract to the 2020 conference coordinator for San Marcos, CA, by the due date as outlined in the Call for Papers/Abstracts. For details, check the Conferences page.

 2) For doctoral students only, submit an extended abstract (1,200 words max) to Kris Bezdecny, APCG Awards Committee Chair, by September 28, 2020. Send extended abstracts (attached as a Word file) to kbezdec@calstatela.edu. See the link at the bottom of this page for the extended abstract format.

3) Complete a Student Paper and Poster Competition Application Form and send it to Kris Bezdecny at kbezdec@calstatela.edu.

4) Be a member of the APCG and register for the conference.

Deadline for submission of the extended abstracts and awards competition application forms
is Monday, September 28, 2020.

 

Travel Grants for Students

To encourage student participation, the APCG will commit $4,000 to travel grants of $200 each (except for students from the local area who will be eligible to reveive travel grants of $50).  If grant applications exceed the $4,000 total, recipients will be selected by a random lottery.  To be eligible for a travel grant, a student must be an APCG member and must present a paper or poster at the annual meeting.  However, you do not need to be entered into the paper/poster competition to be eligible for a travel grant.  Travel grant applications can be emailed to Kris Bezdecny at kbezdec@calstatela.edu and must be received by September 28, 2020.  Recipients will be notified by October 5, 2020, and will be awarded grant checks at the banquet in San Marcos (or by mail afterward).

Deadline for submission of the travel grant applications is Monday, September 28, 2020.


Please address your awards or travel grants applications and/or inquiries to:
Kris Bezdecny, APCG Awards Committee
Cal State LA
Department of Geosciences & Environment
Los Angeles, CA 90032
kbezdec@calstatela.edu


 

APPLICATION FORMS

Student Paper and Poster Competition Application DOC
Extended Abstract Format (Doctoral Students Only) PDF
Travel Grant Application DOC
Student Awards Flyer PDF
 

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