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The 2018 Middle States Division American Association of Geographers Meeting

October 26, 2018, All Day
Location Center for Environmental and Life Sciences
Posted InCollege of Science and Mathematics
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The annual conference returns to Montclair State for the first time since 2002.

The event will comprise of panels and sessions regarding various topics in the field of geography. Students will also be able to get involved in both poster and paper presentations, both of which have competitions associated with them.

Friday will include plenary and paper sessions, dinner, and Geography Bowl. On Saturday, a morning of sessions will be followed by a buffet luncheon with a brief MSD meeting and student awards. There will be optional field trips to Paterson Great Falls, Passaic River, and LEED Buildings in Newark, New Jersey.


There is a 20-minute period for registration, so make sure that your credit card information is on hand, and your 250-word abstract is prepared in advance if you are presenting.


  • Faculty Full Registration - Early $110 then $120
  • Student Full Registration - Early $50 then $55
  • Faculty One Day - Early $70 then $75
  • Student One Day - Early $30 then $35

*Early rate applies to purchases made prior to 6pm on October 1 

*Fees include program costs and ticket and payment processing fees charged by Eventbrite. Note that there will be no refunds after October 19, 2018.


We suggest that you make arrangements for lodging early, as this is the peak season for fall foliage tourism! We have arranged for a blocks of rooms at the Holiday Inn for Thursday 10/25, Friday 10/26, and Saturday nights 10/27 at the rate of $109 plus taxes, and a block of rooms at the Fairfield Executive Inn for 10/25 and 10/26 for $115 plus taxes. There is a more affordable option at the La Quinta Inn & Suites for 10/25, 10/26, and 10/27 for $85 plus taxes. All hotels are within ten miles of campus, where the program will be held. Mention “Middle States Division of the AAG or MSU” when making your reservations. Please make reservations early, as the number of rooms is limited, and room rates will expire a month before the event (three weeks at Fairfield Executive Inn). * 

*If those three are booked up Hampton Inn and Suites is another local option.

  • Holiday Inn - 1 Route 46 West Totowa, NJ 07512 973-785-9000
  • Fairfield Executive Inn - 216 Route 46 East #234 Fairfield, NJ 07004 973-575-7700
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites - 38 Two Bridges Road Fairfield, NJ 07004 973-575-1742

Call for Papers, Posters, Panels, and Lightning Talks

Paper Sessions are 60-80 minutes long and consist of four presentations of 20 minutes. Papers on all topics of geographic nature are welcome. Concurrent paper sessions will be held on Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21. Each room is equipped with a computer, digital projector and screen. We urge participants to use PowerPoint software for their presentations and to have your presentations saved on a flash drive.

Poster Sessions will be held on both Friday and Saturday. Poster dimensions must be as least 36 inches in height and 48 inches in width (36”h x 48” w) but cannot exceed 48”h x 60” w. Poster mounting boards and easels will be available. Posters will be displayed on the first-floor atrium of the CELS building.

Panel-Roundtable Sessions are welcome. Panel discussion sessions typically consist of three to four panelists and are organized around a theme. Roundtable discussion sessions are ‘open format’ where the chair of the round table facilitates a discussion among all attendees focusing on a theme or issue. Students are welcome to organize both panel and roundtable sessions. A limited number of panels can be accommodated. If you are interested in organizing either a panel or a roundtable session please contact Pankaj Lal at before September 24, 2018. Current sessions include:

5-Minute Lightning Talks (for students only) are intended to give undergraduates and graduates an opportunity to speak about emerging research activities. Presenters should have one to three PowerPoint images to illustrate their work, and carefully prepare a five-minute overview of their project.