Stephen F. Austin State University

Southwest Division of the Association of American Geographers (SWAAG) Conference

SWAAG/Mid-South ASPRS Fall 2013 Meeting Space and Place in Time

The College of Liberal and Applied Arts Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at Stephen F. Austin State University will host the Fall 2013 joint conference meeting of the Southwest Division of the Association of American Geographers (SWAAG) and the Mid-South Region of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).

October 24 - 26, 2013 - Fredonia Hotel Nacogdoches, Texas

General Meeting Information

Transportation to Nacogdoches

There is no direct air service to Nacogdoches. Nearest airports are Shreveport, Tyler, Longview, Houston and Dallas.

Hotel and Conference Center

The meetings and conference functions will be held at the Hotel Fredonia, 936.564.1234. Rooms have been reserved in a block (SWAAG) at a rate of $ 99.00 per night. Additional hotels room blocks are available at La Quinta, 936.560.5453, and the Holiday Inn Express, 936.564.0100, located about 1.5 miles from the meeting site (additional lodging is located in the same area - check for your preferred chain). In addition, there are period bed and breakfast inns located at varying distances from the conference center: Llano Grande Plantation B&B, 936.569.1125; Stag Leap County Inn, 936.560.0766; The Brick House Inn, 936.546.7428.

Directions to the Fredonia Hotel

If traveling by car or van, the Hotel Fredonia is located two blocks east of the intersection of US Bus 59 and E. Hospital Street at 200 N. Fredonia Street. If you are traveling along SH 21 from the west turn left at the intersection of SH 21 and Bus 59 one block to Hospital Street then proceed two blocks. From the east on SH 21 turn right on North Fredonia Street and travel two blocks north. SH 7 travelers need to turn left (from the west) and right (from the east) onto Bus 59 north and then turn on E. Hospital Street.


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Registration

Participants may register online from now until 15 October. The registration fee is:

The registration fee covers conference materials, a reception on Thursday evening 24 October, lunch and dinner on Friday 25 October and refreshment breaks during sessions. Field trip fees can be found under the Field Trip section. All field trips will occur on Saturday 26 October morning. Fees can be paid online with registration. On-site registration will be available until 12:00 pm Friday 25 October 2013. On-site registration for field trips also will be accepted pending available spaces.

Conference Program Schedule Overview

Call for Presentations

Professionals, faculty and students are invited to submit papers, posters or panels addressing geography, remote sensing and/or geospatial research and applications. To be eligible to present or organize a session at the meeting, one must be registered for the conference. Abstracts for paper, poster or panel presentations must be submitted by 15 October 2013. Organized sessions submissions will be accepted until 8 October 2013. There will be paper and poster sessions with competitions at both the graduate and undergraduate levels (Please note that student paper and poster applicants must submit abstracts by 11 October). Abstracts should follow AAG style format to allow for consistency in program compilation. If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please submit your abstract and/or organized session online.

Abstracts

Presentation Technology

Standard pc-based power point environments will be available in each presentation room. The Hotel Fredonia does have internet available but it is not recommended to depend on access to remote data for your presentation. Special arrangements must be made 1 month in advance before conference dates for alternative presentations modes. There also may be an additional cost involved with setting up alternative presentation modes. Please contact dmcdonald@sfasu.edu for questions or details.

Student Paper and Poster Competitions

SWAAG and Mid-South ASPRS will host separate paper and poster competitions for undergraduate and graduate students. Guidelines for SWAAG competitions can be found in the SWAAG student competitions section below. Mid-South ASPRS competition requirements will be available on request at dmcdonald@sfasu.edu. Please be reminded that all student competition abstracts must be submitted by 11 October 2013.

Preliminary Meeting Schedule

Thursday

Friday

Saturday Morning Field Trips

If you are interested in signing up for a field trip please pay appropriate fees during the registration process.

SWAAG Student Competitions

Graduate and Undergraduate Student Paper Competition Guidelines for SWAAG Conference

  1. There will be separate competitions for graduate and undergraduate students.
  2. Papers co-authored by faculty members will not be eligible for student paper awards.
  3. The SWAAG Treasurer will appoint a panel of judges composed of members of both SWAAG and Mid-South ASPRS.
  4. Each student who wishes to enter the appropriate student paper competition must submit both a regular abstract and an extended abstract via email to Dr. Michaela Buenemann, elabuen@nmsu.edu, SWAAG Treasurer, and Dr. Darrel McDonald, dmcdonald@sfasu.edu, representative of the SWAAG Meeting Program Committee. The extended abstract should be roughly 500 words in length. Extended abstracts should indicate whether the entry is for the graduate or undergraduate competition. Both the regular and the extended abstracts are due by 11 October 2013. Late abstracts will not be eligible for the student paper competitions.
  5. The SWAAG Treasurer will send the extended abstracts to the judges. Each judge will have ten days to review the extended abstracts and convey his or her ranking of them to the SWAAG Treasurer. Ranking will be based on the following criteria: originality and significance of the research, strength of the problem statement and research objectives / hypotheses / questions; appropriateness of the methodological approach; quality of the results, discussion, and conclusions; depth of engagement with the literature; and clarity of the presentation.
  6. Based on the rankings of the judges, the SWAAG Treasurer will identify up to ten entries as finalists and convey this decision to the SWAAG Meeting Program Committee. Judges must not evaluate entries from their own departments. Rankings for students from a judge's department will be determined based on the remaining judges' rankings.
  7. Students who are not selected as finalists will present their papers in regular sessions but will not be considered further for the student paper awards.
  8. Students who are selected as finalists will present their papers in special paper sessions. Judges will attend these special paper sessions and rank the paper presentations based on the extended abstract criteria listed above as well as the following criteria: time management; delivery (voice, tone, body language, eye contact, language, reference to notes, enthusiasm); overall presentation (quality, appearance, attitude); use of visual aids; response to questions from the audience; and audience awareness and response.
  9. Following the paper sessions, the SWAAG Treasurer will organize a meeting with the judges to determine the winners of the student paper awards. 10. Competition winners will receive a cash award and an award certificate. Awards for student papers will be announced and presented at the SWAAG/Mid-South ASPRS banquet on 25 October 2013.

SWAAG Meeting Student Poster Competition Guidelines

  1. There will be separate competitions for graduate and undergraduate students.
  2. Posters co-authored by faculty members will not be eligible for student poster awards.
  3. The SWAAG Treasurer will appoint a panel of judges composed of members of both SWAAG and Mid-South ASPRS.
  4. Each student who wishes to enter the appropriate student poster competition must submit both a regular abstract and an extended abstract via email to Dr. Michaela Buenemann, elabuen@nmsu.edu, SWAAG Treasurer, and Dr. Darrel McDonald, dmcdonald@sfasu.edu, representative of the SWAAG Meeting Program Committee. The extended abstract should be roughly 500 words in length. Extended abstracts should indicate whether the entry is for the graduate or undergraduate competition. Both the regular and the extended abstracts are due by 11 October 2013. Late abstracts will not be eligible for the student paper competitions.
  5. The SWAAG Treasurer will send the extended abstracts to the judges. Each judge will have ten days to review the extended abstracts and convey his or her ranking of them to the SWAAG Treasurer. Ranking will be based on the following criteria: originality and significance of the research, strength of the problem statement and research objectives / hypotheses / questions; appropriateness of the methodological approach; quality of the results, discussion, and conclusions; depth of engagement with the literature; and clarity of the presentation.
  6. Based on the rankings of the judges, the SWAAG Treasurer will identify up to ten entries as finalists and convey this decision to the SWAAG Meeting Program Committee. Judges must not evaluate entries from their own departments. Rankings for students from a judge's department will be determined based on the remaining judges' rankings.
  7. Students who are not selected as finalists will present their posters in regular sessions but will not be considered further for the student poster award.
  8. Students who are selected as finalists will present their posters in special poster sessions. Judges will attend these special poster sessions and rank the poster presentations based on the extended abstract criteria listed above as well as the following criteria: legibility (adequate font size, quality of printing, etc.); writing (grammar, spelling, etc.); graphic materials; overall visual appeal (layout of text and figures, etc.); and interactions with audience members.
  9. Following the poster sessions, the SWAAG Treasurer will organize a meeting with the judges to determine the winners of the student poster award. 10. Competition winners will receive a cash award and an award certificate. Awards for student posters will be announced and presented at the SWAAG/Mid-South ASPRS banquet on 25 October 2013.