Thursday, February 2, 2012

Cartography Scholars: Apply for the Ristow Prize!

Since 1994, the Washington Map Society has offered an annual Ristow Prize, a $1,000 cash award recognizing academic research achievement in the history of cartography. To be considered for the 2012 prize, full or part-time undergraduate, graduate, or first-year postdoctoral students must submit a research paper in the field of the history of cartography by June 1.

Papers should be 7,500 words or less and must have been completed in fulfillment of course requirements. Student work will be judged based on the importance of research, quality of research, and quality of writing. In addition to the cash prize, winners are also honored with a one-year membership in the Washington Map Society and publication of their paper in The Portolan, the society’s journal.

The award, designed to encourage young scholars, is named for the late Dr. Walter W. Ristow, chief of the Geography & Map Division at the Library of Congress and co-founder and first president of the Washington Map Society. University of Michigan students took home the prize in 1994 and 2006; click here to see a full list of past honorees and paper topics.

To learn more about the Ristow Prize or to submit an academic paper to the competition, click here. Good luck!