Middle States Division

American Association of Geographers

2017 Annual Meeting

October 20-21, 2017

Geneseo, NY

SUNY Geneseo extends a warm invitation to our campus in Geneseo, NY. The 2017 meeting will consist of two days of paper and poster sessions. The meeting begins Friday afternoon with plenary and paper sessions, dinner, and Geography Bowl. On Saturday, a morning of sessions will be followed by a buffet luncheon with a brief meeting and student awards. There will be an optional field trip to Letchworth State Park Saturday afternoon. The Park was selected as “Best in the Nation” in a 2015 USA Today poll. Plans for the meeting include:
  • Paper and poster presentations
  • GeoBowl competition
  • Graduate and undergraduate paper competitions
  • Five minute lightning talks for undergraduates
  • Couch-surfing for undergraduates to avoid lodging fees
  • A graduate school panel for undergraduates
  • Participation by professional geographers from the Rochester area
  • Shops, cafés, taverns, and a restored theater on a National Historic Landmark Main Street
  • Trip to Letchworth State Park “Best State Park in the Nation” in 2015 USA Today Readers’ Choice poll


We suggest that you make arrangements for lodging as soon as possible, as this is the peak season for fall foliage tourism! We have arranged for a blocks of rooms at the Quality Inn for Thursday 10/19 and Friday nights 10/20 at the rate of $135 plus taxes, and a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn for Thursday 10/19 at $119 plus taxes, and Friday 10/20 for $165 plus taxes. Both hotels are within two miles of campus, where the program will be held. There is a more affordable yet less convenient option at the Rodeway Inn in Lakeville, NY for Thursday 10/19 and Friday 10/20 at the rate of $119 plus taxes. This motel is about a twelve minute drive from campus and is in a very small lake hamlet with fewer amenities. Mention “Middle States Division of the AAG” when making your reservations. Please make reservations early, as the number of rooms is limited and room rates will expire thirty days before the event (45 days at Rodeway Inn).

Information on other lodging options are available here: http://geneseony.com/where/stay.asp.
Undergraduates: Look for information about couch-surfing in the summer MSAAG newsletter!

Student Paper & Poster Competition

Middle States Division AAG encourages all graduate and undergraduate students to submit and present research papers to the Student Paper Competition of the MSDAAG annual conference. Both graduate and undergraduate competitions have a First Prize of $100 and a Second Prize of $50.

Student status is as of May 1, 2017. PLEASE NOTE YOUR STATUS (GRAD/UNDERGRAD) on your abstract and paper submission. Registration fees are refunded after the conference for students both submitting the completed paper by the deadline AND presenting the paper at the conference. Completed papers must follow the Middle States Geographer guidelines and can be no longer than 8 pages, single spaced, 10 point Times Roman or equivalent font. Further details on the guidelines are specified here. Students are strongly encouraged to work with a faculty advisor on their entry. Entrants should send abstracts of no more than 250 words to James Kernan at kernan@geneseo.edu by September 29, and send electronic copies of completed papers to Michael Davis at midavis@kutztown.edu, MSDAAG Student Paper Competition Chair, by October 2.

There is also a Student Poster Competition with graduate and undergraduate divisions with a First Prize of $100 and a Second Prize of $50. Send an abstract of your poster to James Kernan at kernan@geneseo.edu by September 29. PLEASE NOTE YOUR STATUS (GRAD/UNDERGRAD) on your abstract. Registration fees are not refunded for all the poster competition entrants, only the poster competition winners.

Stay tuned for the registration form and more information about the conference in the Summer 2017 Middle States Division newsletter. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the email list to receive the newsletters, contact MSAAG President James Kernan.

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