AGU Student Prize Winners 2018


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

Kirstie Haynie – University at Buffalo, SUNY

Assessing the Generation of the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake in Terms of the Dynamics of a Fore-arc Sliver System

Coauthor: M. Jadamec

From the Judges: “Kristie gave an excellent poster presentation. She explained her research clearly, motivated her work with important implications, had a well designed poster and answered questions well. She had all the components of a great presentation and exhibited a deep understanding of her research.”

I am extremely honored and excited to have received the GeoPRISMS best student poster award for my 2018 AGU presentation! I am thankful that the GeoPRISMS community is dedicated to supporting student research and interdisciplinary collaboration. I look forward to future involvement within the Subduction Cycles and Deformation Initiative.Kirstie

Oral Presentation Winner

Rachel Marzen – Columbia University

Refraction seismic constraints on less extensive CAMP magmatism localized by prior extension in the Southeastern United States

Coauthors: D. Shillington, D. Lizarralde, S. Harder, J. Davis

From the Judges:“Rachel gave a very clear presentation on the influence of CAMP on the evolution of the South Georgia Rift Basin. The research problem was well stated”; “This talk was clearly articulated”; “Rachel has command over the seismic refraction approach. She spoke clearly and with confidence.”

I am so grateful to have received this award. The research goals posed by GeoPRISMS have impacted my research from the time I was an undergraduate, and GeoPRISMS events have been a valuable source of feedback and insights from other people’s work. I look forward to continued engagement with this amazing and diverse community. Rachel

Honorable Mention

Tiegan Hobbs – Georgia Institute of Technology

Investigating apparent anticorrelation of repeating aftershocks and afterslip in Nicoya, Costa Rica

Coauthors: D. Yao, A.V. Newman, Z. Peng, M. Protti

From the Judges:“Clear and polished presentation; excellent graphics/slides; effectively organized and easy to follow; clear command of the science and goals of the study; presented the significance of the main findings at the beginning and end of the presentation clearly and effectively; the results of the work were very impactful to the community; the student handled questions excellently by clarifying the question for the audience and answering in a clear and thoughtful manner;”

I am incredibly appreciative to receive an honorable mention for my presentation at AGU, given the excellent work being done by so many students in GeoPRISMS. Thank you to the organizing committee, and all those who volunteer as judges. I look forward to continuing to participate in the GeoPRISMS community.Tiegan


Honorable Mention

Andrew Gase – University of Texas at Austin

Crustal structure of the northern Hikurangi margin and Bay of Plenty from marine seismic reflection imaging and double-sided onshore-offshore seismic tomography

Coauthors:H. Van Avendonk, N. Bangs, D. Okaya, S. Henrys, D. Barker, K. Jacobs, S. Kodaira, G. Fujie

From the Judges:“This was a very crisp, clear, and efficient talk. Importance of studying northern Hikurangi margin was well established, and the new active source data (both reflections and velocities) were walked through in sequence to show interesting new observations throughout the subduction system” “Andrew gave a very competent talk summarizing early results from his analysis of SHIRE seismic reflection and refraction data traversing the northern Hikurangi margin. His talk covered well the background motivation for SHIRE, the new data acquired and results from his initial analysis.”

Thank you to all the judges and the GeoPRISMS community for supporting and highlighting graduate research. I am grateful for this recognition.Andrew


Honorable Mention

Brandon Shuck – Institute for Geophysics – UT Austin

From rifting to subduction: Evidence for the role of past tectonics influencing subduction initiation at the Puysegur Trench, New Zealand

Coauthors: S. Gulick, H. Van Avendonk, M. Gurnis, J. Stock, R. Sutherland, E. Hightower, J. Patel, S. Saustrup

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 very honored and greatly appreciate this recognition from GeoPRISMS. As a student, I feel exceptionally supported by the GeoPRISMS community and I am sincerely thankful for the fruitful collaborations and research expeditions made possible by GeoPRISMSBrandon

Honorable Mention

Emmanuel Njinju – Virginia Tech

Investigating seismic anisotropy beneath the Malawi Rift, East Africa with geodynamic modeling

Coauthors: D.S. Stamps, S. Fishwick

From the Judges: “Emmanuel had a great poster presentation, with a clearly defined problem, and was able to explain his methods and the importance of his project quite clearly.”

I am honored to have my research recognized by GeoPRISMS. I appreciate the efforts of the organizers of this program and the opportunity given to young scientists to participate. I look forward to continuing participation in GeoPRISMS research.Emmanuel

 Winners 2017