These Awards are open to undergraduate and graduate students who are current NESTVAL members. The Student Poster Award competition ($300 USD) is open to individual students (graduate and undergraduate) as well as teams of students (undergraduate, graduate, mixed teams). We will hold two student paper competitions, the David Frost Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Paper ($350 USD) and the NESTVAL Graduate Student Paper Award ($350USD).

Posters and papers may not be co-authored by faculty members and must be presented in person to the panel of judges at the annual conference. Winning papers will be invited for submission and peer review in the Northeastern Geographer. Papers may be co-authored, if all authors are students. Evaluation is made by the NESTVAL Student Awards Committee based on the extended abstract and the presentation. To enter the student paper or poster competition, students must complete the following steps:

  1. Be a member of NESTVAL and register for the conference. For registration details please visit:
  2. Submit the regular abstract to the NESTVAL2016 conference using the online submission tool and indicate that the paper/poster is to be considered for the awards competition by clicking “yes” to the box that asks “Do you wish you poster/paper to be entered for into the competition for the 2016 NESTVAL Student Paper/Poster Award”.
  3. Posters, will need to be displayed at the conference venue during the designated time and will be judged by a panel of experts based on the content and visual presentation of the research project.

Papers will be judged based on an extended abstract as well as the presentation. In order to be eligible for the paper competition please submit an extended abstract via e-mail (attached as .pdf or .docx) to:

Extended abstracts are required for all paper presentation entries and must use the following format:

  1. 1,250 words maximum. Cover page, literature cited page, figures and tables do not count as text.
  2. It is suggested that the extended abstract discuss, to the extent applicable, the following topics: introduction, background, methodology, results, conclusions
  3. Use 12 point font (Times New Roman suggested)
  4. Use one inch margins on sides, top and bottom
  5. Double space all text lines
  6. Use an academically accepted style for referencing sources, including figures and tables.
  7. Attach a cover page with the following information as indicated below:

Title of Paper

Author(s) Name

New England—St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society,

Indicate Graduate or Undergraduate Student Paper Competition

Annual Meeting at Bishop’s University Sherbrooke, Quebec, Oct. 14-15, 2016

Please direct questions to

Patrick Heidkamp, Ph.D., NESTVAL Vice President,