AGU Student Prize Winners 2017


Congratulations to all those that entered the GeoPRISMS Student Prize. Of all the quality entries, this page recognizes those that were most highly rated by the judges. Many of the outstanding presentations are available to download via the links from this page.

The GeoPRISMS Prize accepts international entries from any student who can establish a topical link between their research and a stated aim of a GeoPRISMS Program Initiative. To date, winners and honorable mentions have come from both the U.S. and abroad and have gone to around the same number of male and female entrants, and poster and oral presentations.

Thank you to the Judges and the students who entered, whose efforts allow the GeoPRISMS Student Prize to take place.


Poster Presentation Winner

Elenora van Rijsingen – University Roma Tre, University of Montpellier

How does subduction interface roughness infuence megathrust earthquakes? Insights from natural data and analogue models

Coauthors: S. Lallemand, M. Peyret, F. Corbi, F. Funiciello, D. Arcay, A. Heuret

From the Judges: “Elenora has a thorough understanding of the methodology and handled questions and discussions quite effectively” “presentation covered an important topic of great interest to GeoPRISMS and the research used a clever blend of observation and analogue modeling. The student was enthusiastic and engaged very effectively with the audience. She handled questions very well and made her case with confidence” “This was one of the best posters I saw at the meeting”

I am very grateful and honored to receive this GeoPRISMS award! Sharing and discussing my research in an international and interdisciplinary community is already a pleasure, but being acknowledged like this makes it even better. The efforts from the GeoPRISMS community to support and acknowledge student research are great, and I hope there will be many more young researchers who can benefit from this in the futureElenora


Oral Presentation Winner

Natalie Accardo – LDEO, Columbia University

The growth and interaction of large border faults in the Malawi Rift from 3D seismic refraction imaging

Coauthors: D.J. Shillington, J.B. Gaherty, C.A. Scholz, C.J. Ebinger, A.A. Nyblade, P.R.N. Chindandali, G. Kamihanda, T. McCartney, D. Wood, R. Wambura Ferdinand

From the Judges:“This was an *OUTSTANDING* talk. […] clearly introduced the tectonic area and why the region of study was important, explaining in detail the newly collected dataset and method of analyses, and exploring the key results and conclusions” “This presentation was a perfect combination of thoughtful design and prepared delivery, and it was the best talk I saw at the entire meeting” “really interesting and well-delivered talk”

I am very grateful to receive this great recognition by the GeoPRISMS program. I have always appreciated the fantastic opportunities for collaboration and research made possible by the GeoPRISMS organization. I look forward to participating in many GeoPRISMS opportunities in the futureNatalie


Honorable Mention

James Biemiller – Institute for Geophysics – UT Austin

The influence of tectonic inheritance on crustal extension style following failed subduction of continental crust: Applications to metamorphic core complexes in Papua New Guinea

Coauthors: S. Ellis, T. Little, M. Mizera, L Wallace, L. Lavier

From the Judges:“James gave an excellent oral presentation at AGU. He had well designed slides, gave a compelling motivation, spoke clearly and connected with his audience” “He presented exciting results with relevance to the GeoPRISMS community”

I am grateful and honored to receive this recognition from GeoPRISMS. I look forward to future participation in this important community organizationJames


Honorable Mention

Jessie Bersson – Whitman College

Explosive to effusive transition in intermediate volcanism: An analysis of changing magma system conditions in Dominica

Coauthors: L.E. Waters, H.M. Frey, K.P. Nicolaysen, M.R.F. Manon

From the Judges:“Jessie has an impressive knowledge of her field and an awareness of the implications of her work for the volcanic hazard faced by residents of the capital city of Dominica [..] This was an excellent undergraduate contribution “Jessie was an engaging speaker who presented her poster clearly. She did an impressive job answering questions and showed a depth of knowledge about her subject that was impressive for an undergraduate”

I am deeply honored to be recognized by the GeoPRISMS community, a program that so importantly promotes interdisciplinary discussion and supports student research.  I look forward to future collaboration and conversation with this dynamic communityJessie


Honorable Mention

Brandon Shuck – Institute for Geophysics – UT Austin

Constraints on mantle dynamics during Jurassic rifting in the ENAM area from seismic and petrological modeling of the oldest oceanic crust

Coauthors: H. Van Avendonk

From the Judges: “Brandon’s presentation was extremely well done.[…] He was cognizant of work being done in the same field area, as well as in different GeoPRISMS focus sites, which I think demonstrates a very mature sense of awareness. Very enthusiastic, interesting project, and excellent presentation.” “Knowledgable and engaging presentation of the results. […] Brandon sought out ways to combine multi-disciplinary constraints, consistent with the GeoPRISMS scientific goals”

I am ecstatic to have my research recognized by the GeoPRISMS community! I really appreciate the opportunity to contribute to a thriving group of talented scientists, and I look forward to ongoing involvement in the futureBrandon


Honorable Mention

Aude Lavayssiere – University of Southampton

Imaging rifting at the lithospheric scale in the northern East African Rift using S-to-P receiver functions

Coauthors: C. Rychert, D. Keir, N. Harmon, , J. Hammond, M. Kendall, S. Leroy, C. Doubre

From the Judges: “Aude gave an excellent presentation, which generated a lot of interest” “spoke clearly and concisely. Great execution. Slides were well designed and to the point. Excellent job answering questions ”

I am grateful and pleasantly surprised by this award. It is a great honor to have my work recognized by the GeoPRISMS community. I look forward for more exciting research and meetings!Aude

 Winners 2016

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