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The USGS announces details for the 2017 Best Student Geological Map Competition

The USGS, in collaboration with the Geological Society of America (GSA), GSA Foundation, Association of American State Geologists (AASG), American Geosciences Institute (AGI), American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), and the Journal of Maps, is proud to be hosting the fifth annual Best Student Geologic Map Competition at the GSA Annual Meeting in Seattle, October 22-25, 2017.

The competition is open to all students, at any level of their academic career (B.S., M.S., or Ph.D.), who have created a geologic map through their recent and substantial field work.  

Students may enter the competition by submitting their abstracts to Topical Session T208 - Best Student Geologic Mapping Competition (Posters).  Abstracts are due by 1 August, 2017


  • First place awardee will receive a Brunton Compass (sponsored by AASG), along with a limited run opportunity in the Journal of Maps
  • Second place will receive a rock-hammer and hand lens, sponsored by AIPG. 
  • Third place will receive a GSA publication (book, field trip guide, or memoir). 

Additionally, all winners will receive a Certificate of Recognition, along with an offer to publish their map in the Student Edition of the Journal of Maps.

The top three student maps will also be recognized and announced on the GSA website, GSA Today and GSA Connection, Geotimes, and the USGS website.

Best Student Geologic Map Competition winners from 2016 posing with awards.(Public domain.)