Minds, Models, and Maps
2008 Intermountain GIS Conference

April 7 - 11, 2008    Holiday Inn at the Park,   Missoula, MT



Track Details


Call for Papers

Poster Contest

Student Scholarships

Award Nominations



2008 Intermountain GIS Conference Poster Contest

Submission Deadline is March 15, 2008 (download form)

The Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals (MAGIP) invites students and professionals to share their research work or their cartography skills at the Intermountain GIS Conference to be held at the Holiday Inn in Missoula, Montana on April 7-11, 2008. The Intermountain GIS Conference is a supportive environment for both students and professionals to present posters of their work. Contest participants must attend the conference and are limited to entering one poster in each contest category as an individual or as part of a team. Any subject is acceptable as long as the entry contributes to the GIS profession and GIS is used in some form as part of the poster design.


Research Project (Student and Professional) � an illustrative presentation of research and/or analysis; includes an abstract, introduction, methodology, results, etc. along with maps and graphics.

Cartographic Design (Student and Professional) � a single map product presenting spatial data in a meaningful way; may include textual material and graphics; however, the map is the main focus.


Awards will be announced at the conference banquet on Wednesday evening April 9, 2008. The top judged deserving entries in each category for students and professionals will receive cash awards valued at $100 (four awards total). Second place deserving entries in each category for students and professionals will receive cash awards valued at $50 (four awards total). People�s Choice: The poster that receives the most votes by conference attendees will receive a cash award of $50.

Submission Guidelines:

ALL posters entered into the competition must have an abstract submitted. The abstract will be included in the conference program and is one of the criteria to be judged. The abstract deadline is March 15, 2008.

Fill out the poster registration/abstract form included in this document. Submit this application by email attachment to Janet Cornish, Conference Administrator via JanAllyce@aol.com. Please use the subject line Intermountain GIS Poster Abstract in your email. You will be notified that the abstract has been received.


For maximum visibility, entries should be no smaller than 24 inches x 24 inches and no larger than 48 inches x 60 inches. To facilitate poster judging, posters need to be on display no later than 5 pm on Tuesday April 8, 2008. Posters are to be left on display until 5 pm on Thursday, April 10, 2008. The Holiday Inn staff will mount all posters. Participants may bring an easel to display their mounted poster if they prefer. Posters not picked up by the close of the conference will not be returned to the participant.


Judging will be based on the criteria listed below. Student posters will be judged separately from professional posters. Posters will be judged by a panel of peers. The general criteria for each category are listed below:

Research Project Category Judging Criteria:

  • Abstract: A succinct project overview should be clearly stated on the research project poster display.
  • Geographic Content and Analysis: A good poster presents information in a logical sequence and includes an abstract, introduction, statement of purpose, results section, conclusion, and works cited section.
  • Graphics: Use of author-generated visual elements is encouraged, such as maps, diagrams, graphs, tables, and photos. If these elements are not created by the author of the poster their sources should be clearly cited on the poster.
  • Design and Presentation: A good poster is designed creatively with an appropriate balance between text and graphic content. The information should be presented with a clear visual hierarchy. Textual material should be confined to brief statements and should be of a font size large enough to be read from at least three feet away. Overall, the poster should be both effective and aesthetically pleasing to the reader.

Cartographic Design Category Judging Criteria:

  • Abstract: A succinct project overview should be clearly stated on the cartographic product to display.
  • Cartographic Content and Analysis: Map may include explanation of the cartographic process, analysis, and findings.
  • Design and Presentation: Map should be creative, balanced, informative, use clear color hierarchies, and standard cartographic conventions and principles.
  • Technology and Graphics: Use of computer imagery, photogrammetry, and modeling are welcome and encouraged.

For additional information:

Janet A. Cornish, Conference Coordinator
Montana Association of Geographic Information Professionals