Undergraduate Student Poster Competition


Applicants for the Undergraduate Student Poster Competition must be members of SEDAAG and submit the online submission form with their basic contact information by the Friday, September 11, 2015 deadline. Please select as the submission type ‘Undergraduate Poster’ and provide the title of your project. Abstracts DO NOT need to be submitted until Friday October 16, 2015 to Dr. Phillip Schmutz at pschmutz@uwf.edu. See directions below.


To be eligible to participate in the undergraduate student poster competition, the undergraduate student must have been enrolled in a geography program and in residence at the sponsoring department at the time his or her research was conducted. The sponsoring department must be located within the SEDAAG region. Master level students who have graduated since completing their research may present their posters at the first SEDAAG meeting following their undergraduate graduation.

Posters should represent original research. Maps, illustrations, and other audiovisual materials should be designed and constructed by the student author. No multiple authored posters will be accepted. Posters should consist of undergraduates as the sole author (supervisors and other students involved in the research can be mentioned on the poster, however only one student can author and present each poster).

All topics broadly related to geography may be entered and will be ensured of a critical and impartial evaluation.

Evaluation Procedures: 

All posters must be submitted in the correct format and by the deadlines.

Friday, September 11 —online submission form with their basic contact information

Friday, October 16 —Abstract Submission email to Dr. Schmutz at pschmutz@uwf.edu

Each poster submitted to the undergraduate student poster competition will be evaluated by the Education Committee for its quality of original research undertaken by the author and for its oral presentation and defense. Education Committee members will anonymously review and judge the posters during the undergraduate student poster competition.

The posters must be prepared with care and treated as one prepares a manuscript for possible publication. Primary criterion will be background outlining related literature, research objective(s)/question(s), research design/methods, results, conclusions, and bibliography. Failure to provide any of these criteria will result in receiving low marks in the judging competition.

The oral examination will focus on the professional quality of the presentation and the adequacy with which questions are answered. It is important that the oral presentations be lively and well-illustrated. In order to leave adequate time for questions, each oral presentation should aim for a 3-5 minute presentation.

The visual evaluation of the poster will include quality, appropriateness, and visual appeal of maps, figures and illustrations. Materials should be legible from a distance of one to three feet with text confined to brief statements. All visual aids should be intelligible and have subtitles. Maximum poster dimensions are 36’ by 48″.

The weight for each category is 30 percent for the written component, 30 percent for the oral defense and 40 percent for its visual acuity.


Abstract Submission Guidelines

Email abstracts to Dr. Schmutz at pschmutz@uwf.eduby October 16, 2015. Submissions received after this deadline will not be accepted for consideration. Additionally, submissions received without SEDAAG registration will not be accepted for consideration.

The subject of your email must read SEDAAG 2015 undergraduate poster competition.

The contents of the email must include all of the following in this order.

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Email
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Supervisor’s name
  • Email address of supervisor
  • SEDAAG registration confirmation order number (provided after submitting the online submission form on Sept 11)
  • Poster title
  • 250-word maximum abstract

A .pdf file of the poster is not required.

Introducing Southeastern Geographer’s new editorial team

As in the incoming editors of Southeastern Geographer, we would like to introduce ourselves and our vision for the journal, and invite you contribute in many ways and sundry to SEDAAG’s flagship regional journal.

It is a privilege and an honor to continue in the footsteps of past editors Jim Wheeler, Derek Alderman, Scott Lecce, Graham Tobin, Robert Brinkmann, David Cochran and Andy Reese. Their hard work and savvy innovations, including the move to quarterly publication, the linkage with UNC Press, the inclusion in Project Muse, and the publication of timely and well-received special issues, have positioned the journal as the most cited regional geography journal out there. We wish to thank the SEDAAG leadership for selecting us to manage Southeastern Geographer for the next four years.

During our editorial term, we look forward to building on the rich history of the journal to expand the journal’s visibility as a site of presentation and debate over what we would think of pluralistically as ‘southern geographies’. To that end, we invite a mix of paper submissions that engage with conditions and events in the ‘south’ (broadly construed) as they relate to processes, flows, and conditions that extend across the country, continent and globe. We also invite ideas for special issues, as well as suggestions for forging stronger links between the journal and SEDAAG’s annual meeting. In short, we look forward, with your help, to continuing the important work of expanding the readership and enhancing the profile of the journal.

About the new editorial team:

Co-Editor Dr. Hilda Kurtz is an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia, with research interests in alternative food politics and multi-scaled processes of racialization. Hilda is a past member of Southeastern Geographer’s editorial board, currently serves on the board of the University of Georgia Press and is a reviewer for [15] national and international journals. Hilda has been a member of SEDAAG since 2003, serving in a number of elected positions within the organization.


Co-editor Dr. Deepak Mishra is an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia, with research expertise in the application of geospatial science to monitor vegetation and water resources in the southeastern U.S. Deepak currently serves on the Editorial board of two international journals, GIScience and Remote Sensing and Remote Sensing and is an active reviewer for 34 international journals.


Book Review Editor Andy Walter is an associate professor of geography at the University of West Georgia, with research interests in social justice, food politics and faith-based organizing He has served on editorial board of Studies in the Social Sciences, reviews for numerous national and international journals, and has been a member of SEDAAG since 2002.


Editorial Assistant Claire Bolton is a doctoral candidate in human geography at the University of Georgia. Claire’s research investigates social justice organizing in Atlanta. Claire brings seven years of relevant professional and academic experience to her work for the journal, including editing work for the National Consumer Law Center, the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee.


Editorial Assistant Nancy O’Hare is a doctoral candidate in physical geography at the University of Georgia. Nancy brings experience as a field ecologist to her work applying remote sensing and GIS to natural resource management issues in coastal Georgia. Nancy is well-versed in the process of producing peer-reviewed and other research publications.


Spanish Translator Adriana Rincon Villegas is a doctoral student at the University of Georgia who holds a 2009 law degree from the Universidad  Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogota, Colombia. Her research examines processes of transitional justice in Colombia. She served on the editorial team of the journal Anuario Justicia y Razon, published by the school of Law at Jorge Tadeo Lozano University.


Again, we look forward to managing Southeastern Geographer for the next four years, and invite comment, discussion, and ideas for further enhancing the profile of one of the discipline’s most significant regional journals.

Best wishes,

Hilda, Deepak, Andy, Nancy, Claire and Adriana

Officer and Special Award Nominations Sought


The following positions are open and will begin 2-year terms at the close of the 2015 annual meeting:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • State Representatives: Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina and West Virginia

Please send nominations for OFFICERS by September 15, 2015 to John Rodgers, at (jcr100@msstate.edu).


Lifetime Achievement Award: Nominees for this award should meet the following criteria: (1) An extensive record of research and publication in scholarly journals, books, and other appropriate formats; (2) A record of excellence in teaching and advising as evidenced by teaching awards, students advised, and other appropriate measures; (3) A record of service contributions to the individual’s educational institution in the form of administrative positions, committee work, and community contact; (4) A record of support to the geography profession whether through formal services to international, national, or regional organizations or informal work in the public domain.
Research Honors Award: Nominees for this award should meet the following criteria: (1) A significant record of quality research and publication in scholarly journals, books, and other appropriate formats. This record may reflect the cumulative work of several years or the publication of important contributions in a shorter period of time; (2) Evidence of research leadership at both an institutional (college, university, industry) and organizational level (professional associations) where scholarly papers are presented and students and colleagues are advised.
Outstanding Service Award: Nominees for this award should meet the following criteria: (1) Evidence of exceptional professional commitment to geography at any level, including service to professional organizations; colleges and universities; primary and secondary education; local, state, or national government; private business and industry; (2) Examples of worthy contributions include but are not limited to appointed or elected professional offices, journal editorships, professional organization committees, speaking or otherwise providing leadership in a variety of public forums, and publication in the popular press.
Excellence in Teaching Award: Nominations are invited for the newly established SEDAAG Excellence in Teaching Award. The award acknowledges sustained excellence and creativity in the college classroom. Nominations from current and former students are especially welcome. Nominees for this award should meet the following criteria: (1) Exceptional commitment to effective geography teaching; (2) Record of efforts to help diffuse excellent geography teaching beyond one’s immediate classroom (teaching-related publications, workshops, web sites, textbooks, etc.); (3) Recognition of teaching excellence by department, school, or other organizations; (4) Support of teaching excellence via student evaluations or comments.
Merle C. Prunty Student Scholarship: The Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers annually awards the Merle C. Prunty Scholarship to an outstanding undergraduate student from our region with the objective of encouraging talented undergraduate students to pursue professional careers in geography.  Eligibility: Applicants must currently be juniors or seniors and enrolled as geography majors (or geography minors) in a college or university located within the Southeastern Division. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a professional career or the clear potential to pursue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree. Applicants are evaluated by the SEDAAG Honors Committee on the basis of scholastic record and professional promise.

Notification: Award recipients will be named at the Honors Banquet at the 2015 Division meeting. All applicants will be informed of the outcome by e-mail.
Application Materials: Materials submitted in the application must include: (1) A cover letter that includes a summary of educational background and academic honors; (2) One copy of each undergraduate transcript inclusive of college course work through Fall 2015 for Prunty Scholarship; (3) Letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the applicant’s qualifications.

All nomination materials will be accepted ELECTRONICALLY.

Send nominations for AWARDS with FULL CV of candidate and 3 letters of support in the body of an email and/or attached as MS Word or PDF documents by September 15, 2015 to John Rodgers, at (jcr100@msstate.edu). Dr. Rodgers also encourages submission of names of deserving award recipients and their potential nominators.

New Committee Members Elected

Congratulations to our newly elected committee members:

Honors Committee

  • Grant Harley (Chair Elect)
  • Elizabeth Delmelle
  • Liem Tran
  • Samantha Earnest

Nominations Committee

  • John Rodgers (Chair Elect)
  • Dawn Drake

Thank you for everyone who was willing to be nominated!

2013 Honors and Nominations Committees

At the 2012 SEDAAG Business Meeting, the following individuals were elected to the Honors and Nominations Committee.

2013 Honor Committee

Chris Baldurek, Appalachia State University, Chair

Sharon Cobb, U of North Florida (Chair Elect)

Eric Fournier, Samford University

Grant Harley, U of Southern Mississippi

Darren Parnell, Salisbury University

2013 Nominations Committee

Ron Yarbrough, Georgia Southern University, Chair

Jackie Gallahger, Mary Washington University

 Josh Inwood, U of Tennessee (Chair Elect)

Congratulations to the SEDAAG 2012 Award Winners!!!

The following award winners were honored at the SEDAAG 2012 Annual Meeting in Asheville, NC.

Best Masters Paper Award, 2012: Linwood E. Hall, East Carolina University, “A climatology of the structure, frequency, and propagation of midlatitude cyclones that affect North Carolina.”

John Fraser Hart Best Ph.D. Paper, 2012: Whalen W. Dillon, UNC-Charlotte, “Range-wide risks to a foundaton tree species from disturbance interactions.”

Best Graduate Poster Award, 2012: Kunwar K. Singh, UNC-Charlotte, “Detecting and mapping sub-canopy invasive plants in urbanizing forest landscapes using LiDAR-derived metrics.”

Best Undergraduate Poster Award, 2012: Taylor D. Holden, University of Richmond, “Mapping the trees of the University of Richmond: Species diversity and carbon content.”

Merle C. Prunty, Jr.  Scholarship, 2012: Camille Parker Gregory, University of Georgia

Research Honors Award, 2012: Jonathan I. Leib, Old Dominion University

Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012: Kathleen C. Parker, University of Georgia

Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012: Sharon C. Cobb, University of North Florida