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The goal of this conference is to bring together scholars, students, and practitioners whose research, teaching, and job-related interests fall into the broad realm of human, environmental, and physical geography. We invite papers from scholars, teachers, and students who are not only from geography departments, but from any other discipline such as earth sciences, life sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, or business, where the focus of research is related to physical, environmental and human geography in a broad way.

Conference Theme:  Geography in the Community

The theme of this year’s conference is Geography in the Community.  CCSU has recently become the home of  the Connecticut Geographic Alliance.  CCSU has traditionally hosted the middle school state Geography Bee, and will host the high school geography challenge for the first time on May 22, 2018. We are proud to have strong connections with the geography education community in the state and region and are also pleased to have educated so many applied geographers who work in the fields of GIS, planning, health care, sustainability practices, natural resources, economic development, and tourism.

 

Meeting Overview

Friday 3pm- 7pm: Pizza & Geography Bowl

Friday 7pm-8pm Welcome & Social Hour

Saturday 8am-5pm concurrent paper and poster sessions

Student paper and poster competitions

Saturday 12pm-2pm Business Lunch

Saturday 2pm-3pm Keynote speaker: TBA

Saturday 3pm-6pm Field trips:

Middletown, CT – Main Street revitalization (lead by Dr. Tim Garceau and Jake Fusco)

TBD

Conference Organizers

Faculty, staff, and students of the
Department of Geography, Central Connecticut State University

 Questions? Contact Cynthia Pope, NESTVAL 2017 chair (popec@ccsu.edu/860-832-2799)

STUDENT PAPER/POSTER AWARD GUIDELINES

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 NESTVAL2017 conference using the online submission tool at 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 2017 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:  Submission deadline is September 29, 2017.

heidkampc1@southernct.edu.

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 Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT, Oct. 20-21, 2017

 Please direct questions to

Patrick Heidkamp, Ph.D., NESTVAL Vice President

heidkampc1@southernct.edu

203-392-5919

AAG Council Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper at a Regional Meeting

This award is designed to encourage graduate student participation at AAG Regional Division meetings and support their attendance at AAG Annual Meetings. Each awardee will receive $1,000 in funding for use towards the awardee’s registration and travel costs to the AAG Annual Meeting.

To be considered for an award, each graduate student will need to register to attend their fall Regional Division meeting and submit their paper at that time. Awards will be presented at each Regional Division meeting.

To find out your Regional Division and who to contact, visit the AAG Regional Divisions page and select your state on the map. For questions about registering for the fall Regional Division meetings, please contact the meeting organizer listed at the bottom of each individual Regional Division page.

 

Insert this link here:

http://www.aag.org/cs/AAG_Council_Award_for_Outstanding_Graduate_Student_Paper_at_a_Regional_Meeting

 

If you have additional questions about the award, please contact Candida Mannozzi (cmannozzi@aag.org).

 

Please note that the contact information for the NESTVAL region is Dr. Cynthia Pope (popec@ccsu.edu) or 860-832-2799.

PROGRAM

FRIDAY – OCT 20

3:00 pm Registration is open TBA
4:00-8:00 Pizza & GEO BOWL TBA
8:00-9:00 Welcome and Social Hour (cash bar) TBA

SATURDAY – OCT 21

8:00 am Registration is open TBA
8:30-10:00 CONCURRENT PAPER SESSIONS A TBA
10:00-10:15 Coffee Break TBA
10:15-11:45 CONCURRENT PAPER SESSIONS B TBA
POSTER SESSIONS TBA
12:00-2:00 Business Lunch TBA
2:00-3:00 Keynote speaker TBA
3:00–6:00 FIELD TRIPS TBA
3:15-5:00 CONCURRENT PAPER SESSIONS C TBA
3:15–5:00 POSTER SESSIONS TBA

LODGING, MAPS & DIRECTIONS

Directions to Campus

From the North (Massachusetts)
Take 91 South to 84 West to Exit 39A, to Rte. 9 South.
Get off Exit 29 and take a right at the end of the exit ramp onto Ella T. Grasso Boulevard.
At the third traffic light, take a left into the Student Center Parking Lot and feel free to park in the garage in the event of inclement weather.

From the Southwest (Stamford/New Haven)
Take 95 North to 91 North to Exit 22 North, to Rte. 9 North.
Follow Rte. 9 North and take Exit 29, Rte. 175.
At the traffic light at the end of the exit ramp, go straight and follow Fenn Road to the second traffic light, and take a left turn onto Ella T. Grasso Boulevard.
At the fourth traffic light, take a left into the Student Center Parking Lot and feel free to park in the garage in the event of inclement weather.

From the Southeast (Groton/New London)
Take 95 South to Rte. 9 North to Exit 29, Rte. 175.
At the traffic light at the end of the exit ramp, go straight and follow Fenn Road to the second traffic light, and take a left turn onto Ella T. Grasso Boulevard.
At the fourth traffic light, take a left into the Student Center Parking Lot and feel free to park in the garage in the event of inclement weather.

From the East (Hartford)
Take 84 West to Exit 39A, to Rte. 9 South.
Get off Exit 29 and take a right at the end of the exit ramp onto Ella T. Grasso Boulevard.
At the third traffic light, take a left into the Student Center Parking Lot and feel free to park in the garage in cases of inclement weather.

From the West (Danbury/Waterbury)
Take I-84 East to Exit 39A, to Rte. 9 South. Take Exit 29 off of Rte. 9 South to Ella Grasso Boulevard and take a right turn to the University.
Alternate Route: Take I-84 East to Exit 35, Rte. 72 East (New Britain exit). Follow Rte. 72 East to Rte. 9 North and take Exit 29 to Cedar Street (Rte. 175).
At the traffic light at the end of the ramp, take a left turn to the second traffic light, and take a right turn onto Paul Manafort Drive to the University.

 

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Chester Bulkley House Bed & Breakfast

184 Main Street

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Phone: (860) 563-4236

Nightly Rate: $105.00 – $165.00

Rooms: 5

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Red Roof Inn

65 Columbus Blvd

New Britain, CT 06051

Phone: (860) 348-1463

https://www.redroof.com

 

Registration deadline: September 29, 2017

  • Full Registration (Includes NESTVAL Membership) – $100
  • Student Registration (Includes NESTVAL Membership) – $25
  • Teacher/Adjunct/Retiree/Emeritus Registration (Includes NESTVAL Membership) – $35

Saturday Business Lunch – $25

Saturday afternoon guided field trips – $10