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Welcome to the GEM Student Forum

Check back here for more updates and announcements for GEM students.

Are you looking to know the latest GEM-Student news and announcements? Join the GEM-Students Google Group, or email our student representatives.

Current GEM Student Representatives:

2018 - 2020: Matthew Cooper, New Jersey Institute of Technology,

2019 - 2021: Agnit Mukhopadhyay, University of Michigan,

Graduate Student Opportunities

For graduate students looking for postdoc positions or other opportunities, please visit the SPOReS website. The site collects job posting from a number of different sources and maintains a calendar of opportunities and due dates.

Archived Student Workshop Material

2019 GEM Workshop Student Day Tutorials

Organized by Student Representatives Matthew Cooper (NJIT) and Ryan Dewey (UM)

  • Intro to GEM - Ryan Dewey and Matthew Cooper

Basic Dynamics

  • Basic Plasma Physics and Basic Magnetic Reconnection - Arya Afshari (University of Iowa)
  • General Magnetosphere Structure & Convection - Leng Ying Khoo (University of Colorado - Boulder)

Magnetospheric Regions

  • The Dayside Magnetosphere - Rachel Rice (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University)
  • The Magnetotail - Tony Rogers (University of New Hampshire)
  • The Inner Magnetosphere - Arlo Johnson (Montana State University)
  • The Ionosphere/Thermosphere - Agnit Mukhopadhyay (University of Michigan)


  • Computer Modeling: Theory, Types & Capabilities - Camilla Harris (University of Michigan)
  • Spacecraft Observations: Current Missions, Data Resources & Analysis Tools - Abigail Azari (University of Michigan)

Hot Topics

  • Magnetic Reconnection: Physics, Locations & Products - Sam Grees (University of Wisconsin)
  • Plasma Waves: Physics, Classification & Particle Interaction - Xu Liu (University of Texas at Dallas)

2018 GEM Workshop Student Day Tutorials

Organized by Student Representatives Ryan Dewey (UM) and Suzanne Smith (CUA)

  • Intro to GEM - Suzanne Smith and Ryan Dewey

Magnetospheric Regions

  • The General Magnetosphere and Heliosphere - Kun Zhang (University of Colorado - Boulder)
  • The Dayside Magnetosphere - Boyi Wang (UCLA)
  • The Magnetotail - Akhtar S. Ardakani (University of New Hampshire)
  • The Inner Magnetosphere - Mykhaylo Shumko (Montana State University)
  • The Ionosphere/Thermosphere - Dogacan Su Ozturk (University of Michigan)


  • Basic Plasma Physics - Sinh Trung (University of Michigan)
  • Magnetic Reconnection - Prayash Sharma (University of Delaware)
  • Geomagnetic Storms - Arlo Johnson (Montana State University)
  • Substorms - Niloufar Nowrouzi (University of New Hampshire)
  • Kinetic Processes - Arya S. Afshari (University of Iowa)
  • Waves - Xueling Shi (Virginia Tech)


  • Models - Nicole Echterling (UCLA)
  • Data Resources - Victor Pinto (UCLA)
  • Introduction to Focus Groups - Suzanne Smith (Catholic University of America) and Ryan Dewey (University of Michigan)

2017 GEM Workshop Student Day Tutorials

Organized by Student Representatives Anthony Saikin (UNH) and Suzanne Smith (CUoA)

  • Intro to GEM 1 - Suzanne Smith
  • Intro to GEM 2 - Anthony Saikin

Magnetospheric Regions

  • The Sun, the Solar Wind, and the Heliosphere - Sebastian De Pascuale (University of Iowa)
  • The Dayside Outer Magnetosphere - Mykhaylo Shumko (Montana State University)
  • The Nightside Outer Magnetosphere - Ryan Dewey (University of Michigan)
  • The Inner Magnetosphere - Cristian Ferradas (University of New Hampshire)
  • The Ionosphere/Thermosphere - David Kenwood (University of New Hampshire)


  • Geomagnetic Storms - Sam Bingham (University of New Hampshire)
  • Geomagnetic Substorms - Niloufar Nowrouzi (University of New Hampshire)
  • Magnetic Reconnection - Mojtaba Akhavan-tafti (University of Michigan)
  • Plasma Waves - Kristoff Paulson (University of New Hampshire)


  • Global Models - Zhiyang Xia (University of Texas at Dallas)

Current/New Work

  • Mission Overview - Kun Zhang (University of Colorado Boulder)
  • New FG: Magnetotail dipolarization and its effects on the inner magnetosphere - Camilla Harris (University of Michigan)
  • New FG: Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling Dynamics - Spencer Hatch (Dartmouth College)
  • New FG: Dayside Kinetic Processes - Sanni Hoilijoki (University of Helsinki)

2016 GEM-CEDAR Joint Workshop Student Day Tutorials

Organized by Student Representatives Robert C. Allen (SwRI/UTSA), Lois Sarno-Smith (U. Michigan), & Anthony Saikin (UNH)

2015 GEM Workshop Student Tutorials

Organized by Student Representatives Ian Cohen (UNH) & Robert C. Allen (SwRI/UTSA)



Data & Modeling

Hot Topics

2014 GEM Workshop Student Tutorials

Organized by Student Representatives Roxanne Katus (Michigan) & Ian Cohen (UNH)



Data & Modeling

Hot Topics

2013 GEM Workshop Student Tutorials

Organized by Student Representatives Nathaniel Frissell (VT) & Roxanne Katus (Michigan)




Hot Topics

2012 GEM Workshop Student Tutorials

2011 CEDAR-GEM Joint Workshop Student Tutorials

2010 Workshop Student Tutorials


GEM Poster Guidelines

We, the GEM Student Representatives, host the GEM Student Poster Competition. The competition is designed to be feedback oriented, with students being judged over various areas of poster making and oral presentation. Student's ballots will be returned to them during the conference or afterwards by email. You may sign up for the poster competition as late as Student Day (the Sunday of GEM). To sign up for the GEM Student Poster competition, click here.

Below are some criteria students should consider when constructing their poster.

Scientific Criteria

-Relevance. Through connections to past works, how well does this current study advance, compliment, or supplement previously published works.

-Methodology. The process in which the study was performed should be well articulated and described.

-Results/Current Progress. Pending the current state of the project, are results (or future hopeful results) described and relevant to the work. Future work, if any, should be included and described.

-Oral Articulation. How well articulated was your verbal/oral presentation. Presentation should be cohesive with the poster.

Visual Presentation

-Balance. The poster should be filled with information without being considered cluttered. Avoid unnecessary blank spaces.

-Legibility. Poster should be legible from a normal standing distance (~2-6 feet / 0.6 - 1.8 meters). You may want to avoid font sizes less than 24. Figures should be large enough to be identifiable.

-Graphics. Figures are formatted clearly. All information should be clearly described (e.g., titles, legends, scales, color bars, etc.). Any expository dialogue pertaining to the figure should be present without appearing cluttered (see Balance).

-Flow. The poster follows a logical order. Order should be intuitive.

GEM Student Poster Competition Winners

Solar Wind-Magnetosphere Interaction (SWMI)

Year Name Institution Title
2016* Terry Liu University of California, Los Angeles Observations of a new foreshock region upstream of a foreshock bubble’s shock
2016* Katie Raymer University of Leicester Solar cycle influences on the shape and location of the Earth's magnetopause
2017 Terry Liu University of California, Los Angeles Energetic ion leakage from foreshock transient cores
2018 Mei-Yun Lin University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign Determining the Role of Nitrogen Ions in the Ring Current Evolution
2019 Yi Qi University of California, Los Angeles Magnetic Curvature Identification of the Reconnection Line on the Earth's Magnetopause

Inner Magnetosphere (IMAG)

Year Name Institution Title
2016 Mykhaylo Shumko Montana State University Automated FIREBIRD Microburst Detection Using Wavelets in the 200 keV to >1 MeV Range
2017 Mohammad Barani West Virginia University Azimuthal mode number of ULF magnetic pulsations in inner magnetosphere using multiple pairs of geostationary GOES magnetometers
2018* Luisa Capannolo Boston University Understanding the Driver of Energetic Electron Precipitation Using Coordinated Multi-Satellite Measurements
2018* Leng Ying Khoo University of Colorado - Boulder On the Relation between Deep Penetration of Energetic Electrons and the Innermost Plasmapause Locations During Magnetic Storms
2019 Longzhi Gan Boston University Quantifying Non-linear Effects of Realistic Chorus Waves on High energy electrons in the Earth's Radiation Belt

Magnetotail and Plasma Sheet (MPS)

Year Name Institution Title
2016 Mojtaba Akhaventafti University of Michigan Initial MMS Observations of Force-Free FTE-Type Flux Ropes in the Earth’s Magnetopause
2017* Dong Lin Virginia Tech Electromagnetic Particle-in-cell Simulation of Electron-Ion Hybrid Instability
2017* Michelle Salzano University of New Hampshire A Statistical Analysis of Pi1B Seasonal Variations and Generating Mechanisms
2018 Nithin Sivadas Boston University Constraining the source of an energetic electron precipitation event using ground- and space-based measurements
2019 Riley Troyer University of Iowa An overview of the Loss through Auroral Microburst Pulsations (LAMP) mission

Global System Modeling (GSM)

Year Name Institution Title
2016 John Haiducek University of Michigan Statistical study of substorm onset times in MHD and observations
2017 Irina Zhelavskaya GFZ Postdam Modeling of the plasmasphere dynamics using neural networks
2019* Subash Adhikari University of Delaware Magnetic reconnection as an inherent cascade process
2019* Emil Atz Boston University Characterization of CubeSat Instruments for Observations of Magnetic Reconnection

Magnetosphere Ionosphere Coupling (MIC)

Year Name Institution Title
2016 Nadine Kalmoni University College London Characterisation of the spatial scales along the Substorm Onset Arc
2017 Boyi Wang University of California, Los Angeles/Boston University The dayside diffuse aurora brightening associated with Magnetosheath High-Speed-Jets and their related magnetospheric signatures
2018 Bruce Fritz University of New Hampshire Tomographic Reconstruction of the Cusp Using RENU 2 and DMSP Measurements
2019 Agnit Mukhopadhyay University of Michigan Identifying Sources of Ionospheric Conductance using Global MHD


Year Name Institution Title
2016 Thomas Kim University of Texas at San Antonio / Southwest Research Institute Resolving M/q on space based ESA-TOF instruments

* Indicates tie