This event is for High School Division Students Only
For the 2024 International Geography Championships, the Symposium offers students a chance to present their own research. First, students will write a 2000-3500 word geographic-themed research paper on a topic of their choice. The research paper must be entirely original, though it is permitted for students to submit a relevant paper that they have previously written as part of their academic studies in school or homeschooling. Papers must be formatted to include proper footnotes and a bibliography and should include a wide variety of sources. Any evidence of plagiarism will lead to immediate disqualification.
Students’ papers will be due on July 1, 2024, and will then be read by IGC staff. The top students will then be subject to an oral defense of their research by their readers. From those, the top three students, as selected by the readers will be invited to a dinner with IGC staff members at a traditional restaurant in Vienna where they will have a chance to share their research with each other as well.
Note: You are welcome to use whichever citation format you prefer, although you must cite sources. Footnotes are preferred over endnotes, if you are using footnotes. You are also welcome to use MLA format (whereby, you would just indicate the author’s name [and work if citing more than one source by the same author] in parentheses, followed by the relevant page number). For all papers, a bibliography must be included, and a wide variety of sources (especially primary sources and interviews) is encouraged.