Saturday, 10 January 2009

News and notes...

ASPRS Student Advisory Council- Information For Students:


Baltimore 2009 Conference

Student Assistants:

§  26 applications for Student Assistantship grants

§  These Grants cover:

Lodging for Student Assistants for Sun-Thus nights

Registration Fee

$100 stipend at end of week- check given on site!


§  Conference Registration FREE

§  All students welcome to volunteer; don’t need to be members!

§  Need lots of volunteers, 500 hours to be covered!!

§  Dr. Rakesh Malhoutra in charge of Volunteers at Baltimore Meeting is March 9th



v  Student assistants 1st choice for job assignments

v  Then announcements for all students

v  Student Assistants and Volunteers asked to work a minimum of 15 hours for the entire week

v  Work obligations: Sunday evening to end of your assignment 



Activities –

Sunday March 8th

§  The SAC Orientation Meeting will be held from 5:30 – 6:30pm

§  Following the Orientation Meeting is the Dinner for SAC and Volunteers cost of food will be covered, cost of drinks will not be covered

Tuesday March 10th

§  The SAC Meeting will be held from 5:30 – 6:30pm : The council is a place to come and give inputs and give the students a voice in the society. So, come share your voice!!

Wednesday March 11th (3:30-5:00)

§  ASPRS SAC - Career Planning

Industry: Mike Flynn - M.J. Harden Associates

Consulting: Dr. Kass Green - The Alta Vista Company

Industry: Dr. Stewart Walker - BAE Systems

Academic: Dr. Marguerite Madden - University of Georgia

Industry: Mark Stanton - Pixxures, Inc.


Thursday, March 12th  (3:30-5:00)

§  ASPRS SAC - Academic Publishing

Dr. Russell Congalton - University of New Hampshire

Dr. John Jensen - University of South Carolina

Dr. Jie Shan - Purdue University


Friday March 13th

§  The final event that we highly recommend you plan to attend is one of the special sessions for Students on Friday, March 13 from 12:30 pm to 2:00pm, on Preparing Competitive Scholarship and Grant Proposals.


ASPRS SAC - Preparing Competitive Scholarship and Grant Proposals

Dr. Scott Freundschuh - NSF Program Director, Geography & Regional Science

Dr. Marguerite Madden - University of Georgia

Jesse Winch - ASPRS Scholarship Administrator

Dr. Curt Niebur - NASA Program Scientist


Networking Session- Day and time TBD

§  Speed Networking- Whether this is your first ASPRS Conference or if you have had an opportunity to attend previously, you are invited to join other students and young professionals from all over the world at this special event designed just for you. You’ve heard of Speed Dating. We’re offering Speed Networking where you will get to meet at least seven new people who may become good friends for the conference or the rest of your life.


Job Board

§  Bring resumes to conference!!

§  There will be a job board with available job listings as well as an area you can post your resume.


Interviews on site – Press Room, need sign up sheet for interviews


Students in Workshops – Not free, but reduced rate offered on a stand by basis, if workshop is not full by close of early registration, Feb 9, students can take workshop at reduced rate.  **This is a result of student input by council**


Tickets for Event – ask conference participants to donate unwanted tickets for the event, will be given to SAC members first, then student volunteers



Additional Information


Board has approved funding for Student Assistantship.

Grant supported by several regions,

-CRR $5,000 from last year conference, matched by foundation, becomes $10,000

Other funding from Foundation


18 funded students each year, 10 at Fall Conference



2009 Fall Conference events for students


The 2009 Fall Conference will be held in San Antonio


Students requested special sessions for students at Fall Meetings

  • Same sessions as Annual Meeting
  • Networking
  • Invite Graduate Programs to conference and host table top displays so students can meet professors from graduate programs.


Do you have suggestions? We want to hear them! Contact us through the student blog or our yahoo group! 

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