2019 AASHTO GIS for Transportation Symposium
April 23 - 26, 2019, Kissimmee, Florida

Student Papers

2019 GIS-T Student Paper/Presentation Contest 

The GIS-T Symposium would like to encourage both undergraduate and graduate GIS students with an emphasis on transportation to submit their research to the GIS-T Symposium's Student Paper Contest. The contest is designed to encourage university students to develop solutions to current GIS-T issues.


Contestants’ submissions will be judged on their ability to develop and document useful, original research based on GIS-T issues and on their ability to present their results in a complete, clear, and well-referenced paper.


The winner will receive:

  • $100 gift
  • Travel expenses
  • 4 nights’ lodging
  • Complementary registration to the 2019 GIS-T Symposium to present their paper.


Submission Deadline: January 25, 2019

Selection of the winner will be made by February 2019. 


Eligibility Requirements

  • The applicant must be a currently enrolled (undergraduate or graduate) student. Those who graduate in December 2018 are eligible.
  • The student must be the sole author or co-author with other students
  • Only one paper contest entry per student is acceptable
  • Willingness to attend and present at the GIS-T Conference 
  • The final paper or poster must be available electronically to be posted on the GIS-T website and published in the GIS-T Final Report


Student Paper Format Guidelines

All papers submitted for this competition must follow these format guidelines:

  • Title of paper must be in 16-point Times New Roman
  • Text (body) must be
    • In 12-point Times New Roman
    • Single line spaced
    • Left flush


  • Maximum paper length is 20 pages.
  • Figures and Tables should be embedded in the body of the paper.
  • The table name should appear over the table.
  • The figure caption must appear beneath the figure.
  • Tables and Figures should be created by authors, not copied from somewhere else even if the tables and figures have references.
  • Figures, such as maps and pictures, should be at least 300 dpi.
  • The font size of labels of the maps should be big enough to read.
  • The style references and citations (i.e. MLA, APA, Harvard, or Chicago) may vary by authors, but should be consistent throughout the paper.
  • Paper Structure:
    • Page 1  
      • Paper Title  
      • Authors and author affiliation information
      • Abstract - 500 word maximum
      • Keywords - 3 to 5 words
      • Page 2
        • Paper Title
        • Beginning of Paper


As noted above, the winner will receive $100, travel expenses, 4 nights hotel, and complimentary registration to the 2019 GIS-T conference. Travel is a round trip ticket (US domestic flight) to Little Rock, Arkansas. The winners will present their papers at the AASHTO GIS-T and their presentations posted to the GIS-T website.


The AASHTO GIS-T Task Force and judges reserve the right not to award any prize. All decisions by the AASHTO GIS-T Task Force and judges are final. Only the corresponding author will receive the award for a co-authored paper.

Email student presentations submissions or questions to:
Mr. Don Kiel, SEDA Council of Governments - dkiel@seda-cog.org or 

Dr. Eunsu Lee, New Jersey City University - elee3@njcu.edu

Papers will be judged by members of the GIS-T Planning Committee and additional transportation professionals.


They will be rated in the following categories:  

  • Significance of topic
  • Innovative use of GIS
  • Literature review
  • Data analysis (if applicable)
  • Interpretation
  • Clarity of presentation
  • Validity of conclusions
  • Reader interest