Up to five finalists (one session) will be selected on the basis of the
quality of extended abstracts and provided with $500 each to attend the
conference. The extended abstract of about 1,000 words is used by the
GISSG Awards Committee to choose the competition finalists. Finalists
must submit a paper of a substantive nature that constitutes an expanded
discussion of the material to be presented orally at the annual meeting.
Subsequent to the oral presentations by the finalists, there will be special
awards for the 1st and 2nd-place presenters. The prizes of $500 for
1st place and $250 for 2nd place will be determined immediately following
the special presentation session.
The awards committee reserves the right
to not offer such prizes if the papers are not of suffiently high quality.The
1st and 2nd-place awards are decided on the basis of the written
paper and the oral presentation. They will also receive tickets
to attend the AAG Awards Luncheon, and results of the competition will
be published in the AAG Newsletter and the GISSG newsletter, as well as
on the specialty group's web page.