2022 IRM Summer School for Rock Magnetism

We are pleased to announce that we plan to run the IRM summer school this year from June 6th-15th. Our hope is to make this an in-person event, welcoming students and young scientists back to the IRM at the University of Minnesota. The unpredictable nature of COVID-19 variants means it is hard to plan for what precautions or restrictions will be in place this summer and it may be necessary to move the school online. More information will appear here on the summer school's state-of-play.

About the summer school:
The 10-day program is targeted at graduate students and advanced undergraduate students in rock magnetism, paleomagnetism, and associated fields. Students will receive intensive instruction in rock magnetic theory and laboratory techniques. A daily schedule of lectures, hands-on laboratory measurements, and data processing will introduce students to the fundamentals of rock magnetism and the practical aspects of collecting and interpreting data responsibly. Instructors for the summer school will be primarily IRM faculty and staff.

As the number of applicants for the school typically exceeds the IRM's capacity to teach the school effectively, we have instated an application process. Participation will be limited to 20 students.

Application is open! Please scroll to the bottom of the page to fill in the Application Form, or use the following link. The Application Deadline is April 15!

Applicants will be selected based on a balance of considerations, including how far along a student is in their studies, how many other applicants are from the same institution, and the overall diversity of the summer school. To foster academic diversity, a limit of 2 students per research group has been set (more students from the same institution will be considered if space allows).

When applying, students will be asked to provide: 

(1) A short statement of their research interests (to be used to form the student groups for the lab exercises) (max. 4,000 characters);
(2) A statement explaining their research goals and why attending the Summer School will be beneficial for their professional development (max. 4,000 characters);
(3) Additional information, including an estimate of their round-trip travel cost, whether they have funding available from their advisors/institutions, and to what extent.

Accepted students will be provided a link to the registration site for payment. There will be a $100 registration fee. Registration fees must be received by May 6th, 2022, a link to the registration form will appear here after April 15th.

Other costs:
Participants will be responsible for the costs of housing, meals, and travel to and from Minneapolis. For students from outside the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, housing will be available in University of Minnesota dormitories (~$60 per night).

A limited number of scholarships may be provided to cover some of the costs for attending the summer school. 

We acknowledge funding from the National Science Foundation and the American Geophysical Union's GPE section!

We hope that many of you are enthused to attend!

For questions and information, please contact: irm@umn.edu