Undergraduate students and master’s-degree candidates are invited to apply for the National Geographic Award in Mapping. This award recognizes student achievement in the art, science, and technology of mapping and seeks to encourage student research.

The first place award consists of a cash prize of $900 (U.S.) and the second place award is $300 (U.S.). Winners will also receive National Geographic atlases or other map products.

Submissions may take a variety of forms, but must focus specifically on maps and mapping. The following types of submissions are welcome: map products in digital and paper format; web-based maps or cartographic services; dynamic, animated, and/or interactive geovisualization environments; or other cartographic projects.

This award is administered through the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Cartography Specialty Group (CSG). Judging will be by the National Geographic Award in Mapping committee of the AAG/CSG and will be based on the technical, aesthetic, and overall quality of the submission. The award winner, or winners, will be announced at the CSG meeting at the Annual Meeting of the AAG in New York, NY, February 27th, 2012. Applying students do not need to be members of the AAG.

We encourage submissions in standard digital formats (e.g. .pdf, .html, submissions accessible through conventional web browsers, etc.). Please include the following items with your submission:

* A cover page that includes your name, institutional affiliation, degree program (e.g. M.A.), address, phone number, email, and cartography/GIS instructor’s name.
* A one page statement that provides some context of the submission, i.e., its purpose, how it may be used, how it was created, its limitations, etc.
* A one page statement of how this award would help you with your educational plans.
Please apply by sending all digital materials to Robert Roth (<>) and Sean O’Connor (<>). Paper submissions may be mailed to:

Robert Roth
Department of Geography
University of Wisconsin-Madison
550 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

Submissions must be received by February 15, 2012. For additional details, please visit: