Middle States Division
American Association of Geographers
2017 Annual Meeting
October 20-21, 2017
- 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
Registration will be online this year at https://middlestatesaagfall2017.eventbrite.com. There is a 20 minute period for registration, so make sure that your credit card information is on hand and your abstract is prepared in advance if you are presenting. Participants who register for the full conference by September 24th will receive a discount:
|Fees*||Before 6 pm Sept. 24||After 6 pm Sept. 24|
|Faculty Full Registration||$105||$115|
|Student Full Registration||$45||$55|
|Faculty One Day||$65||$65|
|Student One Day||$30||$30|
*Fees include program costs and ticket and payment processing fees charged by Eventbrite. Note that there will be no refunds after October 10, 2017.
Quality Inn Hampton
4242 Lakeville Road
Geneseo, NY 14454
4250 Lakeville Road
Geneseo, NY 14454
6001 Big Tree Road
Lakeville, NY 14480
Information on other lodging options are available here: http://geneseony.com/where/stay.asp.
Undergraduates: If you are looking to save money on lodging and would like to meet fellow geography students, there are a limited number of couchsurfing spots available first-come-first-served with our off-campus geography majors. If you are interested in couchsurfing, check “Yes” during online registration. Again, this is first-come-first-served, so register as soon as you can!
Call for Papers, Posters, Panels, and Lightning Talks
Paper Sessions are 60-80 minutes long and consist of four presentations of 20 minutes. Papers on all topics of a geographic nature are welcome. Concurrent paper sessions will be held on Friday, October 20 and Saturday morning, October 21. Each room is equipped with a computer, digital projector and screen. We urge participants to use PowerPoint software for their presentations and to have your presentation on a flash drive.
The Poster Session will be held on Saturday October 21. Poster dimensions must be at least 36 inches in height and 48 inches in width but cannot exceed 60 inches in width and 48 inches in height. Poster mounting boards and easels will be available. Posters will be displayed on the second floor of the atrium in Bailey Hall, outside of the breakout rooms.
Panel- Roundtable Sessions are welcome. Panel discussion sessions typically consist of three to four panelists, and are organized around a theme. Roundtable discussion sessions are ‘open format’ where the chair of the roundtable facilitates a discussion among all attendees focusing on a theme or issue. Students are welcome to organize both panel and roundtable sessions. A limited number of panels can be accommodated given facility and volunteer constraints. If you are interested in organizing either a panel or a roundtable session please contact James Kernan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-245-6194 before September 15, 2017, so that you have time to register for the discount rate by September 24, 2017.
5-Minute Lightning Talks (for undergraduates only) are a new addition, and are intended to give undergraduates an opportunity to speak about emerging research activities. Presenters should have one to three PowerPoint images to illustrate their work, and carefully prepare a five minute overview of their project.
Submitting Abstracts Abstracts for papers, posters, panels, and lightning talks will be submitted during the online registration process. The combined title and abstract should not exceed 250 words. It is highly recommended that you compose your abstract in a word processor, proofread and edit it, and cut-and-paste into the appropriate location during registration. Titles and abstracts will not be proofread or edited, and will be published in the program as submitted.
Student Competitions 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. See the Summer 2017 Newsletter for more information.