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Welcome to the GEM Student Forum

Student Representative

2020 - 2022: Mei-Yun Lin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,

2021 - 2023: Elizabeth Vandegriff, University of Texas, Arlington,

GEM Student Email List

A new semester means new students joining research groups, and more students to bring into the GEM student community for the upcoming year! We have created a google form to help expand our email list, so if you meet new students that may be interested in joining or attending GEM next year please forward them the link to sign up: GEM Student Email List. If you attended the VGEM 2021, you are automatically registered for GEM student email list and don't have to put your name again here. This is the form for students, who are new to community or about to graduate from current position, to put or remove their names from GEM student email list.

Join Our GEM Student Discord

Please join the brand new GEM student discord! This is not a mandatory group at all, just another way students can connect with each other and communicate during the GEM off-season. Join GEM Student Discord. (It expires in a week so let us know if you need a new link to join)

Join our GEM Slack Student Channel

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

2021 VGEM Student Survey: Need Your Input

Thanks for attending VGEM 2021! We have created a post-GEM survey as a way for you to let us know how GEM went for you this year and provide feedback about what we can do better. We greatly value this feedback and we directly use it in decision-making. Please access VGEM 2021 Student Survey. This feedback will help us improve not only upon the Student Day and Student-Invited Plenary Talk but also plan for next summer's GEM workshop. We will analyze the results and report back to you all at Mini GEM before AGU.

A Big Thank You For Student Volunteers of V-GEM 2021

This year, we have 24 student volunteers in V-GEM 2021 and they are essential to hold this V-GEM 2021 as a successful virtual conference. Next year, we will definitely need more volunteers for in-person GEM in Hawaii and hope more and more student are joining the student volunteer list next year. Access Student Volunteer List here.

2021 Virtual GEM Workshop Student Day

Organized by Student Representatives Agnit Mukhopadhyay (University of Michigan) and Mei-Yun Lin (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Student Day is on July 25th (Sunday), 2021 and aims to introduce the students to the GEM workshop. This year, the whole student day will be held via both and Zoom, and we are excited to have six student tutorial speakers covering the GEM space science topics and a special topic on the Decadal Survey. Other than the tutorial talks, we will have the ice breaker event virtually through and we also welcome the whole GEM community to participate. The students can access the Zoom call either by entering Meeting Room A, B and C on or through the Zoom link (similar to what we did last year), through V-GEM student day webpage. Please see the student day schedule in the GEM student forum. The Student Day schedule is here.


Student Tutorials

Special Topic

Archived Student Workshop Material

2021 Virtual GEM Student Representative Election

We will also be hosting the election of the new student representative alongside the V-GEM 2021 Workshop. The role of the student representative is a crucial part of our student community, as they are our envoys to the larger GEM community and members of the organizing steering committee. Student activities include the GEM student day, which is generally composed of several tutorial talks to facilitate your participation at the GEM workshop. The student representatives take charge of the GEM student day and any student related activity during and after the workshop. The position of the Student Representative lasts for two years and both student reps get voting positions in the GEM Steering Committee, who are the organization of the GEM workshop.

  • Student Representative Election Process: Due to GEM being virtual this year, we request nominations of student representatives be made by the end of July 25 (Sunday). The nominees will then be required to submit their portfolio, including a short bio, a portrait photo, and a short video introducing themselves and explaining their agenda as student rep by 11:59 PM EST of July 26 (Monday). We highly encourage students who are planning or potentially thinking about running for this position to nominate themselves or nominate someone you feel will be apt for this position, by letting us know through email. After nomination, we will host the student coffee/tea break at 4:00-5:00 PM (EST), July 28 (Wednesday) on for short speeches from nominees and Q&A/panel session. Voting will then take place on July 29 (Thursday). Polls will start at 9 AM Eastern on July 29, and promptly close at 11:59 PM EST, unless otherwise notified. The new student representative will be announced around noon, Jul 30 (Friday). The flowchart of student representative election is here.

2021 Virtual GEM Workshop Student Day Survey

The GEM workshop is going to be virtual again this year, and it is expected to happen on the week of July 25th. We're currently planning Student Day and need presenters for tutorial talks. Your response are very important to us. Please fill out the form by April 5th in order to help us organize the student day.

2020 Virtual GEM Workshop Student Survey

To access the 2020 VGEM Student Day Survey, please use this link - VGEM 2020 Student Day Survey Form (Link accessible till April 5th, 2021)

The associated report for VGEM 2020 Student Survey could be found here - VGEM Student Survey Report Student Survey Report Powerpoint

2020 Virtual GEM Workshop Student Day Tutorials

Organized by Student Representatives Matthew Cooper (NJIT) and Agnit Mukhopadhyay (UM)


  • Intro to GEM - Matthew Cooper and Agnit Mukhopadhyay
  • History of GEM (Invited Speaker) - Dr. Lou Lanzerotti

Student Talk Series 1

  • Basic Plasma and Space Plasma Physics - Rachel Rice (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University)
  • Dayside Magnetospheric Physics - Mohammad Barani (West Virginia University)
  • The Magnetotail - Tony Rogers (University of New Hampshire)

Student Talk Series 2

  • Inner Magnetospheric Dynamics - Leng Ying Khoo (University of Colorado - Boulder)
  • Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling - Mei-Yun Lin (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Numerical Modeling & Data Science - Blake Whetherton (University of Wisconsin)

Special Topics

  • Funding Sources, Publication, and Community Issues - Emil Atz (Boston University)
  • Software Carpentry (Invited Speaker) - Dr. Daniel Welling (University of Texas at Arlington)
  • SHINE-GEM Combined Topics: Nicole Echterling (UC Los Angeles)
  • Machine Learning Applications In Space Physics (Invited Speaker): Dr. Abigail Azari (UC Berkeley)

Student Day at V-GEM 2020 was hosted online via Zoom.

2019 GEM Workshop Student Day Tutorials

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

  • 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 Suzanne Smith (CUA) and Ryan Dewey (UM)

  • 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

|** Poster Competition not held in VGEM 2020 and VGEM 2021, due to COVID-19.