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The USGS Announces Final Call for Abstracts: Best Student Geological Map Competition at GSA Indianapolis.

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 sixth annual Best Student Geologic Map Competition at the GSA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 4-7, 2018.

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 T179 - Best Student Geologic Mapping Competition (Posters).  Abstracts are due by August 14, 2018 at 11:59PM PDT.


  • 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, AGI Spectrum, and the USGS website.

Best Student Geologic Map Competition winners from 2017 posing with award winning entry.

Best Student Geologic Map Competition winners from 2017 posing with award winning entry.  (Public domain.)