AGU Student Prize Winners 2013

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. We are also grateful to AGU for their cooperation and assistance with logistics before, during, and after the meeting.

Poster Presentation Winner


James Muirhead – University of Idaho

The evolving contribution of border faults and intra-rift faults in early-stage East African rifts: insights from the Natron (Tanzania) and Magadi (Kenya) basins

Coauthors: Simon Kattenhorn, Edwin Dindi, Remigius Gama

From the Judges: “James demonstrated an excellent knowledge of regional geology, tectonics, and theory related to his research” “His poster was really well presented and articulated” “Significant and mature, integrative”

With such exciting research being conducted within the community, I am thrilled that GeoPRISMS has acknowledged this presentation. This work has greatly benefited from interactions facilitated through GeoPRISMS meetings, and I am grateful to GeoPRISMS for their efforts to support student research.James

Oral Presentation Winner


Megan Newcombe – Caltech

Chemical zonation in olivine-hosted melt inclusions: A record of syn-eruptive cooling

Coauthors: Alessandro Fabbrizio, Youxue Zhang, Chi Ma, Marion Le Voyer, Yunbin Guan, John Eiler, Alberto Saal, Edward Stolper

From the Judges:“This was a super high quality talk.” “The discovery of chemical zonation *inside* melt inclusions is new … she’s developing a crystal clock method for minutes-hours timescales!” “This is mature work…”

I was absolutely thrilled to hear that I had won this award! I am very grateful to the judges, and I would like to thank the GeoPRISMS community for supporting student research in this way.Megan

Honorable Mention

Suzanne Birner – Stanford University

Variations in Oxygen Fugacity among Forearc Peridotites from the Tonga Trench

Coauthors: Jessica Warren, Elizabeth Cottrell, Oscar Lopez, Fred Davis, Trevor Falloon

From the Judges:“Suzanne spoke clearly and with enthusiasm for the scientific problem that she is trying to understand” “The speaker gave a clinic on the subject matter”

It is an honor to be recognized by GeoPRISMS for this award. GeoPRISMS is a wonderful scientific community that I look forward to contributing to further in the future.Suzanne

Honorable Mention

Ryan Gallacher – National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Mantle structure beneath the Afar triple junction derived from surface wave tomography

Coauthors: Derek Keir, Nicholas Harmon, Graham Stuart, Sylvie Leroy, James Hammond, J-Michael Kendall, Atalay Ayele, Berhe Goitom, Ghebrebrhan Ogubazghi

From the Judges:“Ryan was engaging and enthusiastic” “He attracted a steady stream of visitors, including geochemists and geodynamicists”

I am honored that my research has been recognized by GeoPRISMS and would like to thank the community for their attempts to highlight and promote student research. I hope that I can continue to contribute to the GeoPRISMS community in the future.Ryan

Honorable Mention

Stephanie Grocke – Oregon State University

Storage conditions and temporal signals for the Tara supereruption magma; insights from geothermobarometry and quartz chemistry 

Coauthors: Shanaka L. de Silva, Jan M. Lindsay, Rodrigo Iriarte, Elizabeth Cottrell, Benjamin Andrews

From the Judges:“Wow, Stephanie is a dynamite speaker” “Her Ti thermometry and diffusion profiling provided a novel clock for magma processes at this novel clock for magma processes at this super volcano”

I am honored and delighted to have my research recognized by the GeoPRISMS community. I really appreciate the efforts made by GeoPRISMS to support and encourage student research and I look forward to working within the GeoPRISMS community in the future.Stephanie

Honorable Mention

Jiyao Li – Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Constraints from seismic reflection signature on the seismogenic region in the Alaska/Aleutian subduction zone 

Coauthors: Anne Bécel, Donna J. Shillington, Mladen R. Nedimovic, Harold Kuehn, Spahr C. Webb

From the Judges:“Jiyao did a very good job highlighting the importance of understanding the plate interface… using seismic reflection images. These findings provide important constraints” “Jiyao had a very strong presentation that rivals work of postdocs”

It is quite an honor to have my research recognized by the GeoPRISMS community. GeoPRISMS provides wonderful opportunities to study the structure and dynamics process of plate margins. I am very grateful for the efforts made by the GeoPRISMS community to encourage and support student research.Jiyao

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