Annual Peter Gould Student Paper Award

Annual Peter Gould Student Paper Award

Abstract Submission Deadline: November 1, 2013

Sponsored by the Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers

Description     The Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG) encourages current single authored student papers on medical-health geography. Papers are invited from any medical-health, disability and/or health systems related topic. The competition is meant to promote written scholarship by students across the field. Papers will be judged by the HMGSG Awards Committee on several criteria: originality, scholarship, organization, appropriate use of methodology, and written composition. A $100 prize will be awarded in each of two categories: 1) undergraduate students, and 2) graduate students (Master’s and Doctoral).

Eligibility     The competition is open to undergraduate, masters, and Doctoral level students. Single-authored papers completed in the 24 months prior to the submission deadline are eligible, provided that they have not been previously considered for the competition. Membership in the Association of American Geographers is required, but membership in the HMGSG is not.

Submission & Review      The timeline for the competition is as follows:

1 November 2013  An extended abstract (500-word limit) of your paper is due.  
15 December 2013  The Awards Committee will review all extended abstracts and select up to 5 papers per category (undergrad, grad) for submission of full papers.  You will receive notification about the Awards Committee decision by this date.
1 February 2014  Your full paper must be electronically submitted to the paper coordinator (below).
1 April  2014  Winner(s) will be notified during the month of April.  Winners will be publicly announced at the HMGSG business meeting and at the AAG Award Luncheon.   They will receive a ticket to the Luncheon and a monetary prize of $100. Results of the competition will be also be published on the HMGSG website.


Requirements     The final, full paper must be written by a single author, include a 500-word abstract, and be no longer than 5,000 words (excluding tables, references, and captions). Authors are also encouraged to submit the names of at least 2 possible reviewers who are not affiliated with the research.  Ensure that the purpose, methodology, and findings of the research are clearly stated in the abstract. The body of the paper should be double-spaced, 12-point font size and one-inch margins. Remove any identifying information (e.g. name). References should be in AAG style. Submit the paper as a single PDF file with all figures and tables included in the document. Submission of the extended abstract and final paper will be done electronically as an email attachment to the Paper Coordinator (contact information below). Include the following information in the body of the email message: Your full name, address, telephone and fax numbers, email address, department and university affiliation, name of advisor or mentor, and title of the paper.  Please put “HMGSG Student Paper Competition” in the subject line.

Email Chris Hartmann for more information. hartmann.67(at)

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