Student involvement in the Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) workshop

Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Robert Colby Allen, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, United States and Ian J Cohen, University of New Hampshire Main Campus, Durham, NH, United States
The Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) workshop is a unique venue for students to begin to integrate into the magnetospheric community. GEM, an annual workshop funded by the NSF, allows students to present their research in a collaborative atmosphere and to engage with senior scientists as peers. This builds confidence in the students, while also allowing them to share ideas and strengthen their research. Each GEM workshop starts with a student-run and organized “student day”, in which older students volunteer to present tutorials on different magnetospheric systems and processes. These tutorials strive to put the upcoming week of talks and posters in context while providing an overarching base understanding of the magnetospheric system. By starting the week with student taught tutorials, as well as icebreaker activities, the students become comfortable with asking questions and set the tone for the less formal student and discussion-oriented workshop.