Awards

2019 Urban Geography Specialty Group Award Winners:

  • Alternative mode of scholarship: Olivia Molden, University of Oregon, “Water Worlds: A blog about story-mapping environmental change and the water worlds of Patan, Nepal”
  • Graduate student paper: Andrew Kaufman, University of Toronto, “Canadian homeless mobilities: The inter-regional movements of At Home/Chez Soi participants”
  • Phd Dissertation award: Hung-Ying Chen, University of Durham, “Urban air rights as market devices: Exploring financialization in Taipei Metropolitan Area”
  • Glenda Laws Undergraduate paper award: Rachel Wong, Macalester College, “State-led urban renewal efforts and social inequality in Hong Kong”
  • Graduate student fellowship
    • PhD: Emily Kaufman, University of Kentucky, “Bio-spatial profiling and black children’s everyday life in Cincinnati”
    • PhD: Aleem Mahabir, University of West Indies, “A missing link in development discourse: Examining the psychosocial geographies of hope and exclusion in Beetham Gardens, Port of Spain, Trinidad”
    • Master’s: John Swab, University of Kentucky, “American capital: The role of the Sanborn Map Company in twentieth century urban planning in New York City”

 

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— Alternative Mode of Scholarship Competition 2019 —
Deadline: Monday, February 11, 2019, midnight EST

In recognition of the increasingly diverse ways in which researchers disseminate their research, the UGSG Alternative Mode of Scholarship Competition solicits the submission of blogs, videos and websites created by individual undergraduate or graduate students or by groups of students during the 2018 calendar year. AAG/UGSG membership is not necessary to participate in this competition. Submissions should be in the form of a URL address plus no more than 300 words explaining how the submission contributes to an understanding of urban geography. Please indicate whether the project creators were undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral students (or a combination therein). Submissions to award competitions sponsored by other AAG-affiliated organizations are not eligible. The winner(s) of the award will receive $200.

Submissions should be emailed by the February 11, 2019 deadline to Ran Tao and Richard Quodomine.‎ Please be sure in the email to include the full name, affiliation (university, department, and degree program), email address, and postal address of each project creators. Decisions will be announced to the winner(s) by Monday, March 11, 2019.

 

— Graduate Student Paper Competition 2019 —
Deadline: Monday, February 11, 2019, midnight EST

The UGSG Graduate Student Paper Competition Committee solicits submissions of single-authored papers presented by master’s or doctoral students at any professional meeting in the 12 months preceding (and including) the upcoming AAG conference. Preference will be given to fully developed papers that are approximately 4000-8000 words in length, including abstract, references and notes. Submissions should not be under review, in press, or in print with any academic journal. Please format your paper with double-spacing, 12-point font, and one-inch margins. AAG/UGSG membership is not necessary to participate in this competition. Papers submitted to the UGSG Dissertation Competition will not be considered for the Graduate Student Paper Competition. Papers submitted for awards sponsored by other AAG-affiliated organizations are not eligible. The winner of the award will receive $200 and an invitation to submit a revised, full-length version of the paper to Urban Geography.

Submissions should be emailed by the February 11, 2019 deadline to I-Chun Catherine Chang and Nate Millington. Please be sure in the email to include your full name, affiliation (university, department, and degree program), and postal address. Please also indicate the professional meeting at which the paper was or will be presented. Decisions will be announced to the winners by Monday, March 11, 2019.

 

— PhD Dissertation Competition 2019 —
Deadline: Monday, February 11, 2019, midnight EST

The UGSG Dissertation Competition Committee solicits submissions of fully developed, single-authored papers based on the applicant’s PhD dissertation (applicants should not submit full-length dissertations). The dissertation must have been completed and defended during the 2018 calendar year. We especially welcome papers that have not yet been submitted for publication, but we will consider papers that are currently under review with an academic journal. Papers that have already been published or accepted for publication are not eligible. The paper need not be presented at the 2019 AAG meeting in order to be eligible. Papers should be no more than 10,000 words in length, including abstract, references, and notes. Submissions should also include a title page with the dissertation title and abstract. Please format your paper with double-spacing, 12-point font, and one-inch margins. AAG/UGSG membership is not necessary to participate in this competition. Papers submitted to the UGSG Graduate Student Paper Competition will not be considered for the Dissertation Competition. Papers submitted for awards sponsored by other AAG-affiliated organizations are not eligible. The winner of the award will receive $400 and an invitation to submit the paper to the Urban Geography (if the paper has not already been submitted to another academic journal).

Submissions should be emailed to Jennifer Kitson and Nathan McClintock by the February 11, 2019 deadline‎. Please be sure in the email to include your full name, affiliation (university, department, and degree program), and postal address. Decisions will be announced to the winners by Monday, March 11, 2019.

 

— Glenda Laws Undergraduate Paper Award 2019 —
Deadline: Monday, February 11, 2019, midnight EST

Please encourage undergraduate students to submit papers to the Glenda Laws Undergraduate Paper competition. This award goes to the best undergraduate paper between 3000 and 6000 words in length (including abstract, references, and notes) on an urban geographic topic. Undergraduate theses and independent study essays will also be considered for this award, but they must be edited, if necessary, so as not to exceed 6000 words. Submissions should be formatted with double-spacing, 12-point font, and one-inch margins. All undergraduate students are welcome to apply for this award regardless of major, membership in the AAG/UGSG, or participation in the AAG annual meeting. Papers submitted to this competition must have been completed during the 2018 calendar year. Applicants should indicate the name of the course for which the paper was originally written and the essay question/prompt, if relevant. Applicants should also include the name and email address of the course instructor or thesis/independent study advisor. The winner of the award will receive $100. Papers submitted to award competitions sponsored by other AAG-affiliated organizations are not eligible.

Submissions should be emailed to Emma Slager and Rachael Bok by the February 11, 2019 deadline. Please be sure in the email to include your full name, affiliation (university and department), and postal address. Decisions will be announced to the winners by Monday, March 11, 2019.

 

— Urban Geography Graduate Student Fellowships 2019 —
Deadline: Monday, February 11, 2019, midnight EST

The Urban Geography Specialty Group will award one Master’s fellowship (approximately $300) and one doctoral fellowship (approximately $500), to support urban-oriented, graduate-level research. Fellowships are intended to provide targeted support for original Master’s research and for early-stage doctoral dissertation research – while also ensuring that award recipients have well-developed research proposals that have a high likelihood of completion. Fellowship support may be used for any reasonable expenses associated with the research. Eligibility is limited to current student members of the Urban Geography Specialty Group who will have completed all Master’s or Ph.D. requirements except the thesis or dissertation by the end of the term in which the award is approved.

Applicants should complete the downloadable form.doc. Completed forms should be emailed to Katherine Hankins and Jane Zheng by the February 11, 2019 deadline. Decisions will be announced to the winners by Monday, March 11, 2019.

 

— Student Travel Award 2019 —
Deadline: Monday, February 11, 2019, midnight EST

The UGSG has a small amount of money available to support graduate and undergraduate student members who plan attend the annual meeting of the AAG. A limited number of travel awards, up to $100, will be awarded. Awards are intended to support presentations on topics related to the urban focus of the specialty group. To apply, prepare an email that (1) lists your degree program, your institutional affiliation (department and university), and your postal address and (2) explains in no more than 250 words your goals and purposes in attending the conference, bearing in mind the evaluation criteria below. Attach or paste into this email a copy of your abstract and proof of conference registration (either your conference PIN or a copy of your conference payment receipt). The UGSG attempts to fund as many applicants as possible (typically 20 awards), but cannot guarantee that every applicant will be funded.

 

Guidelines for UGSG Student Travel Award

– Current UGSG student member
– Presenting a paper or poster or serving on a panel
– Must not have received more than 1 award in the last 2 years
– Topic clearly defined as urban

Evaluation criteria:

– Applicant is presenting research results (5 points)
– Applicant is presenting a proposal or preliminary work (1 point)
– Applicant is attending a job interview at the AAG conference (4 points)
– Applicant clearly explains the importance of conference participation to current studies (3 points)
– Applicant identifies specific networking opportunities at AAG conference (3 points)
– Gender equity and recognition of the needs of applicants from the Global South will be taken into consideration.

Applications for the Student Travel Award should be emailed by the February 11, 2019 deadline to Joseph Danko  and Anne Bonds. Decisions will be announced to the winners by Monday, March 11, 2019.

 

**Please note that the UGSG Board reserves the right not to make an award or to increase the number of awards in any award category. All awards are given in the form of a check in US dollars. Non-US awardees are generally able to deposit dollar-denominated checks into their non-US bank accounts, but it is the responsibility of recipients to confirm whether they can do so. Award recipients who require a form of payment other than a US-issued check should contact the UGSG Chair (Katherine Hankins) and Treasurer (Joseph Danko). Travel award checks will be distributed at the UGSG business meeting, which is held during the AAG annual meeting. Other award checks will either be sent directly to recipients or will be available at the UGSG business meeting, depending on the recipient’s preference.**