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

The USGS, in collaboration with the Geological Society of America, GSA Foundation, Association of American State Geologists, American Geosciences Institute, American Institute of Professional Geologists, and the Journal of Maps, is proud to be hosting the seventh annual Best Student Geologic Map Competition at the GSA Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona from September 22 to 25, 2019.

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 T80 - Best Student Geologic Mapping Competition (Posters).  Abstracts are due by June 25, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. 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 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.

Photo of Best Student Geologic Map Competition winners from 2018 posing with awards and competition judges
Best Student Geologic Map Competition winners from 2018 posing with awards and competition judges.  (Public domain.)


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