Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


2013 Michigan Geophysical Union Student Research Symposium Announced

Posted: February 25, 2013

2013 Michigan Geophysical Union Student Research Symposium Announced

The Michigan Geophysical Union (MGU) Student Research Symposium will take place on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, from 2 PM to 6 PM in the Johnson Rooms of the Lurie Engineering Center (LEC).

Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH) and Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences (AOSS) sponsor this event. It is a friendly forum designed to showcase and reward outstanding student research in various aspects of Earth, oceanic, atmospheric, and space sciences. The forum also fosters interdepartmental dialogue and camaraderie. All faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students are encouraged to attend to learn about the exciting research that is taking place in the UM science community.


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Set up and check in

2:00 PM – 5:30 PM Poster session and judging

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Dinner, judge deliberation and awards presentation

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Clean up

Judging and Awards

Each department will select two judges, one from each of the following research areas:


  • Atmospheric

  • Space


Above-surface (paleoclimate, paleontology, environmental science)

  • Below-surface (geophysics, tectonics, petrology)

Each research area will be judged by one "in-field" judge (i.e. someone within the department sub-discipline) and one "out-of-field" judge (i.e. someone in the other department), who will select one 1st-place winner earning $500 and one 2nd-place winner earning $250. About halfway through the judging period (~3:45), the in-field judge becomes the out-of-field judge and vice versa.

Judge pairings will be determined by the distribution in the number of abstracts across the disciplines. Research areas with numerous abstracts will be paired with a research area with fewer abstracts. If greater than ~45 abstracts are submitted, each department will find one additional judge from the research area with the most abstracts. 

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