Visiting Graduate Student Program (VGSP)


Three VGSP awardees conducting their research in the summer of 2021

To apply: send (1) a two-page description of the project, including a statement of how working at the CSD Facility would forward the project goals, and (2) a letter of support from the graduate advisor, to The spring application deadline is Friday, April 12, 2024. Award notifications will be made by May 12, 2024. The fall application deadline is Friday, November 1, 2024. Award notifications will be made by December 1, 2024. Applications will be reviewed by an evaluation committee of community scientists.

Students may bring new or previously collected cores to the Facility. Visits should occur within one year of the award notification and will involve an approximately one-week stay during which the student will work closely with Facility staff for training in ICD and other techniques, using the student's cores. Awardees are also required to present an informal seminar about their research during the visit.

Applicants are encouraged to contact CSD Facility staff (by email, or all can be reached at 612-626-7889) to discuss the scope and aims of their proposed work while preparing their applications. CSD Facility staff are not involved in the collection of proposals nor in the selection of successful applicants.

The primary criteria for selection are the quality of the proposed science and the degree to which the project would take advantage of, and benefit from, use of the CSD Facility. Candidates in the earlier stages of their graduate programs, those lacking ICD instrumentation and expertise at their home institutions, and those who have not previously visited the CSD Facility will be given priority. Students from the University of Minnesota are not eligible.

Funds for the Visiting Graduate Student Program are provided by the National Science Foundation - Instrumentation and Facilities Program as part of CSD Facility funding (EAR-1951112).

Recipients of the Spring 2024 Visiting Graduate Student awards

  • Victor Ayanna, Missouri Science and Technology (Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe, advisor)
  • Rain Blankenship, University of Southern California Dornsife (Josh West, advisor)
  • Pedro Victor Oliveira Gomes, University of São Paulo (Renato Paes de Almeida, advisor)
  • Moyofoluwa Ogunsakin, Missouri Science and Technology (Jonathan Obrist-Farner, advisor)
  • Karlee Prince, University at Buffalo (Jason Briner, advisor)
  • Meghna Ray, University of Georgia (David Porinchu, advisor)
  • Diana Velaszuez, University of Michigan (Jenan Kharbush, advisor)

Recipients of the Fall 2023 Visiting Graduate Student awards

  • Jalene Nalbant, Australian National University (Larissa Schneider, advisor)
  • Parth Shah, University of Haifa (Nicolas Waldmann, advisor)
  • Rachel So, University of Southern California (Sarah Feakins, advisor)
  • Heeyeon Sun, University of Massachusetts Amherst (Isla Castañeda, advisor)
  • Alex Wilk, University of Massachusetts Amherst (Isla Castañeda, advisor)


Recipients of the Spring 2023 Visiting Graduate Student awards

  • Mickey Chen, University of Toronto (Trevor Porter, advisor)
  • Eric Giese, University of Wisconsin, Madison (Jack Williams, advisor)
  • Trenton McEnaney, Missouri University of Science and Technology (Jonathan Obrist-Farner, advisor)
  • Njahi Mwangala, University of Kentucky (Michael McGlue, advisor)
  • Calla Olson, University of Wisconsin, Madison (Sara Hotchkiss, advisor)
  • Alejandra Rodriguez, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (Broxton Bird, advisor)
  • Victoria Todd, University of Texas at Austin (Timothy Shanahan, advisor)

Recipients of the Fall 2022 Visiting Graduate Student awards

  • Julian Beltran, Florida Institute of Technology (Mark Bush, advisor)
  • Jordan Brown, University of California, Berkeley (Lisa Maher, advisor)
  • Matthew L. Baez Acosta, University of Puerto Rico (Alberto Lopez Venegas, advisor)
  • Madison Rafter, University of Houston (Emily Beverly, advisor)
  • Tim Suder, University of Pittsburgh (Joe Werne, advisor)

Recipients of the Spring 2022 Visiting Graduate Student awards

  • Grant Colip, North Carolina State University (Lonnie Leithold, advisor)
  • Christina Kitamikado, University of Wyoming (Cliff Riebe, advisor)
  • Leah Marshall, Northern Arizona University (Darrell Kaufman, advisor)
  • Emma Mickelson, Western Washington University (Doug Clark, advisor)
  • Jinhuem Park, University of Cambridge (Christine Lane, advisor)
  • Nancy Weinheimer, University of Wyoming (Cliff Riebe, advisor)

Recipients of the 2021 Visiting Graduate Student awards

  • Brad Baxter, Idaho State University (Bruce Finney, advisor)
  • Ingrid Costamagna, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Eduardo Piovano, advisor)
  • Lucy Gill, University of California, Berkeley (Rosemary Joyce, advisor)
  • Jayde Hirniak, Arizona State University (Curtis Marean, advisor)
  • Tuma Kamulali, University of Arizona (Andrew Cohen, advisor)
  • Madeleine Landrum, University of Maine (Jacquelyn Gill, advisor)
  • Laura Lopera Congote, Indiana State University (Jeffery Stone, advisor)
  • Leandro Luz, University of Kentucky (Michael McGlue, advisor)
  • Laura Streib, Syracuse University (Christopher Scholz, advisor)
  • Trang Tran, California State University Long Beach (Lora Stevens-Landon, advisor)
  • Charlotte Wiman, Northeastern University (Samuel Munoz, advisor)

Recipients of the 2020 Visiting Graduate Student awards

  • Lane Allen, Tarleton State University (Victoria Chralbi, advisor)
  • Adam Benfield, Penn State University (Sarah Ivory, advisor)
  • Aidan Burdick, Western Washington University (Doug Clark, advisor)
  • Mark Devey, Utah State University (Janice Brahney, advisor)
  • Connor Doyle, University of Manchester (Stefan Schröder, advisor)
  • Hannah Hartley, University of Utah (Cari Johnson, advisor)
  • Bailee Hodelka, University of Kentucky (Michael McGlue, advisor)
  • Nick Hoffman, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Sara Hotchkiss, advisor)
  • Joey Thomas, Northern Arizona University (Darrell Kaufman, advisor)

Recipients of the 2019 Visiting Graduate Student awards

  • Edward Duarte,  Missouri University of Science and Technology (Jonathan Obrist, advisor)
  • Meredith Emery, Florida International University (Evelyn Gaiser, advisor)
  • Erdoo Mongol, Missouri University of Science and Technology (Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe, advisor)
  • Meghan Spoth,  University of Maine (Brenda Hall, advisor)
  • Karen Wang, Brown University (Yongsong Huang, advisor)

Recipients of the 2018 Visiting Graduate Student awards

  • Jeremiah Bernau, University of Utah (Brenda Bowen, advisor)
  • Elizabeth Klonowski, SUNY Binghamton (Tim Lowenstein, advisor)
  • Morgan Black, University of Kentucky (Mike McGlue, advisor)
  • Kelsey Doiron, Indiana University (Arndt Shimmelmann, advisor)
  • Rebecca Friedel, University of Texas-San Antonio (Jason Yaeger, advisor)

Recipients of the 2017 Visiting Graduate Student awards

  • Ellie Broadman, Northern Arizona University
  • Tess Clinkingbeard, University of Washington
  • Kristiana Lapo, Western Washington University
  • Alia Lesnek, SUNY Buffalo
  • Mario Williams, University of Maine
  • Allie Wyman, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

Recipients of the 2016 Visiting Graduate Student awards

  • Will Cray, Western Washington University
  • Mitchell Dziekan, University of Toledo
  • Jennica Grady, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Jeannie Larmon, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

Recipients of the 2015 Visiting Graduate Student awards

  • Kevin Barrett, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Sabrina Brown, Indiana State University
  • Dulcinea Groff, University of Maine
  • Tyler Hoecker, University of Idaho
  • Edward Lo, University of Kentucky
  • Soo Hyun Kim, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Recipients of the 2014 Visiting Graduate Student awards

  • Katherine Glover, University of California-Los Angeles
  • Melinda Higley, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
  • S.Nemiah Ladd, University of Washington
  • Avriel Schweinsberg, SUNY Buffalo
  • Hal Wershow, Western Washington University

Recipients of the 2013 Visiting Graduate Student awards

  • Elizabeth Ceperley, SUNY Buffalo
  • Erin Martin-Jones, Aberystwyth
  • Kristin Michels, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Paul Zander, Northern Arizona University

No Awards were made in 2012 due to lack of funding

Recipients of the 2011 Visiting Graduate Student awards

  • Sam Beal, Darthmouth College
  • Sam Muñoz, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Xuewei Zhang, Syracuse University

Recipients of the 2010 Visiting Graduate Student awards

  • Catherine Beck, Rutgers University
  • Benjamin Gaglioti, University of Alaska-Fairbanks
  • Mark Grosvenor, University of Exeter
  • Jennifer Kusler, University of Oregon
  • Katie Trifone, Alaska Pacific University

Recipients of the 2009 Visiting Graduate Student awards

  • Willie Guerra, Cornell University
  • Barb Hanes, University of Toledo
  • Virginia Iglesias, Montana State University

Recipients of the 2008 Visiting Graduate Student awards

  • Joanne Ballard, University of Cincinnati
  • Marc Parisien, University of California - Berkeley
  • Benjamin Schupack, University of Colorado - Boulder