Student Peer-Reviewed Paper Competition

Students can win an award of $1350 by contributing peer-reviewed articles to Cartographic Perspectives (CP). Any peer-reviewed manuscript accepted for publication whose first author is a student, is automatically entered into the Student Peer-Reviewed Paper Competition, which is judged annually by the Editor and Editorial Board of CP.



No winner

No 2017 peer-reviewed paper featured a student as first author.


Carolyn S. Fish

An Analysis of Interactive Solar Energy Web Maps for Urban Energy Sustainability


Joel Radunzel

Using the Right Tool: David Woodward's Suggested Framework and the Study of Military Cartography


Maxim Rylov

Pairwise Line Labeling of Geographic Boundaries: An Efficient and Practical Algorithm


Nick Perdue

The Vertical Space Problem: Rethinking Population Visualizations in Contemporary Cities


Bin Mo

Mapping Potential Metro Rail Ridership in Los Angeles County


  1. Any manuscript accepted for publication without additional peer-review and having a student as a first author can be eligible for the competition. Specific requirements and stipulations include:
    1. The first author must have been a student during the time that the research was conducted.
    2. Manuscripts must be submitted by active students or graduates within a year of graduation.
    3. The entire cash prize is awarded to the first author. Any distribution of this prize among other authors (whether students or others) is left to the discretion of the first author.
  2. Upon acceptance of a manuscript, the student/graduate will be asked to have his/her academic advisor submit a short note stating that this work was in fact completed during the time the student was in an academic program. A record of a student’s graduation date may also be required for graduates submitting student research within one year of graduation.
  3. Student papers will be judged annually, and include all papers published in the issues of Cartographic Perspectives for that calendar year.
  4. Papers will be judged by a committee composed of members of the Editorial Board of CP. Each committee member will use the same rubric to evaluate all student papers. The rubric follows on the next page.
  5. The editor will tally results of all rubrics. The paper with the highest overall score will be named winner of the competition at the next NACIS Annual Meeting. In the event of a tie, the editor will determine the winner.


Evaluation Rubric