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2019 Climate & Space MGU Student Research Symposium Award Winners

Thank you to everyone who organized, presented and attended the 2019 Michigan Geophysical Union (MGU) Student Research Symposium!| Short Read
IMAGE:  (l-r) Alicia Petersen, Morgan Whitcomb, Ray Watkins. Award winners not pictured: Agnit Mukhopadhyay and Kyle Webster.

The 16th annual Michigan Geophysical Union (MGU) Symposium was held on Wednesday, April 17 at the Michigan League. The symposium is a friendly forum open to both undergraduate and graduate students and is intended to showcase and reward outstanding student research in various aspects of Earth, oceanic, atmospheric, and space sciences, as well as foster interdepartmental dialogue and camaraderie. MGU is sponsored by both the Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering departments.

Congratulations to the Climate & Space first place winners for the Michigan Geophysical Union (MGU) Student Research Symposium – Ray Watkins and Agnit Mukhopadhyay!  Alicia Petersen and Morgan Whitcomb earned second place awards.  CLaSP student, Kyle Webster, won the undergraduate award.

Thank you to everyone who organized, presented and attended the MGU Student Research Symposium!

Award details below.

Category: Atmospheric and Climate Sciences

1st Place: Ray Watkins
Poster Title: “Bumps Ahead: An Investigation Into the Roughness of Ice Shelves Using Spectral Methods”

2nd Place: Morgan Whitcomb
Poster title: “Simulating Pine Island Glacier Extents Under Multiple Forcing Scenarios Using Damage Mechanics”

Category: Space and Planetary Physics

1st Place: Agnit Mukhopadhyay
Poster title: “Prediction of Auroral Conductance in Global MHD Models”

2nd Place: Alicia Petersen 
Poster title: “Now-Casting Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejections using Observations of Solar Wind Heavy Ions”

Undergraduate Award: Kyle Webster
Poster title: “Current sheet crossings in Saturn’s magnetosphere – Findings from Cassini”

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