AGU Student Prize Winners 2014


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

Andrew Parsons – University of Leeds

Microstructural analysis of the Greater Himalayan Sequence, Annapurna-Dhaulagiri Himalaya, central Nepal: Channel Flow and Orogen-parallel deformation

Coauthors: Richard J Phillips, GE Lloyd, MP Searle, RD Law

From the Judges: “Andrew was clearly an expert in his subject” “student did a super job” “well presented and clear poster on interesting, cutting edge study”

It is a privilege to have my work recognised by the scientific community. I am thankful to GeoPRISMS for providing this opportunity to showcase my work and I look forward to being involved in future GeoPRISMS initiatives.Andrew

Oral Presentation Winner

Kristina Walowski – University of Oregon

Slab melting and magma generation beneath the southern Cascade Arc

Coauthors: Paul Wallace, Michael Clynne

From the Judges:“Kristina was poised and confident, with a great scientific result” “student demonstrated an expert’s knowledge of her research […] carried herself professionally and gave an overall excellent, timely presentation” “I enjoyed this presentation very much!”

I am very honored and excited to be recognized by GeoPRISMS! I greatly appreciate their effort to support graduate students and I look forward to my continued involvement in the GeoPRISMS community.Kristina

Honorable Mention

Yelebe Birhanu – University of Montana

GPS Constraints on the Spatial Distribution of Extension in the Ethiopian Highlands and Main Ethiopian Rift

Coauthors: Rebecca Bendick, Shimeles Fisseha, Elias Lewi, Robert Reilinger, Robert King and Gladys Kianji

From the Judges:“Yelebe presented his work very clearly to show significant results” “student had a very clearly presented poster and a very clear explanation of the implications of his work” “had fairly novel ideas about kinematics of extension […] and was willing to intelligently argue his point”

It is a great honor that this work has been recognized by GeoPRISMS among the wonderful work done by the community. I greatly appreciate the efforts made by GeoPRISMS to highlight, support and encourage student research. I look forward working with the GeoPRISMS community.Yelebe


Honorable Mention

Lucile Bruhat – Stanford University

Inverting for Shear Stress Rate on the Northern Cascadia Megathrust Using Geodetic Data

Coauthors: Paul Segall, Andrew Bradley

From the Judges:“Lucile gave a clear presentation” “presentation was clear and organized”

I am deeply honored and grateful that GeoPRISMS has recognized the research I presented at the AGU Fall meeting. Thank you for supporting student research! I really look forward to continuing collaborating with the GeoPRISMS community in the future.Lucile

Honorable Mention

James Farrell – University of Connecticut

Brittle deformation within the eastern North American volcanic margin: Paleostress inversion of faults in the Hartford basin 

Coauthors: Jean Crespi, Denali Ostebo, Megan Weingart

From the Judges: “Terrific poster that was presented in a completely clear and accessible way […] one of the best poster I saw at the meeting” “poster presentation was very nice laid out” “attractive poster with clearly laid out goals and results”

I am elated to hear there were so many participants in this contest; this is a great way to encourage students working on GeoPRISMS related research. I am thankful for the recognition and hope to see even more student involvement in the coming year.James


Honorable Mention

William Hutchison – University of Oxford

Integrating remote sensing, field studies and CO2 surveys to unravel structural controls on fluid pathways at a young rift volcano 

Coauthors: David M. Pyle, Tamsin A. Mather, Juliet Biggs, Gezahegn Yirgu

From the Judges: “Excellent talk, relaxed but effective communication” “Excellent presentation […] William had engaging slides and expressed his results clearly and convincingly” “Speaker provided a good conceptual introduction and moved through all the results with good attention to detail”.

I am extremely grateful to have been recognised as part of the GeoPRISMS AGU student awards. This is a really exciting research community for young scientists to be involved in, and I look forward to future opportunities to collaborate and interact with GeoPRISMS science.William

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