Student Paper Competition Guideline
The RTS SG is planning for a number of RTS-sponsored and co-sponsored sessions for the 1998 AAG meeting to be held March 25-28, 1998 in Boston. At the RTS Business Meeting, plans were laid for two or three broadly-based poster sessions rather than numerous paper sessions devoted to specific topics. However, it appears that the Boston meeting format will be "business as usual," with regular paper sessions. Those desiring to make presentations in the RTS-sponsored sessions should obtain a copy of the registration form and call for papers (see the May 1997 AAG Newsletter, or give Lisle Mitchell a call) and then contact the session organizers as soon as possible. To meet the AAG deadline for paper submissions (3 September), the paper presenters will have to submit their papers to the session organizers well in advance--certainly by the 3rd week of August.
A tourism-themed session is being organized by Scott Loban (Department of Geography, Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208; 803/750-5838 or 777-5234; firstname.lastname@example.org).
A recreation-themed session is being organized by Lisle Mitchell (Dept. of Geography, Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208; 803/777-2986; fax 803/777-4972; email email@example.com). Lisle is also organizing a poster session focused on identifying the core questions and research paradigms of geographic research related to leisure-recreation-tourism-sport (LRTS).
Ted Goudge is organizing a sport-themed poster session--possibly to be blended into the recreation-themed session (Ted Goudge, Dept. of Geography, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO 64468; 816/562-1798; firstname.lastname@example.org).
RTS Chair Barbara Carmichael will coordinate the allocation of "general" presentations that cannot be accommodated in the themed sessions (Barbara harmichael, Dept of Geography & Environmental Studies, Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario Canada N21 3C5; 519/884-0710 x2609; <email@example.com>).
The Boston venue should be great for RTSers in general and tourism geographers in particular. Boston, the capital of New England, is a great walking city with loads of Touristy Stuffe like the FreedomTrail (New England's #1 tourist attraction), the Black Heritage Trail, Faneuil Hall, the Common, and world-class museums. A good selection of field trips is slated, including Cape Cod, the Berkshires, historic Lowell, and the North Shore or SE Connecticut. (NB: Rob Bristow has promised to check out the eateries in Beantown for the 1998 AAG meeting; with Rob's help, the traditional restaurant jaunt after the RTS business meeting should be a rare treat.)