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2020 Summer School for Rock Magnetism

A Community Based Program for Training the Next Generation of Paleomagnetists

Magnetic geoscience research uses sensitive, nondestructive measurements on natural materials to illuminate geomagnetic field history, tectonic processes and environmental changes. Learn more about the fundamentals and applications at the sixth biennial Summer School for Rock Magnetism (SSRM), which will be held June 1-10th, 2020 at the Institute for Rock Magnetism (IRM) in Minneapolis, MN. 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 paleomagnetism and the practical aspects of collecting and interpreting data responsibly. Instructors for the summer school will be primarily IRM faculty and staff.

In addition to a $100 registration fee, 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). Participation will be limited to 20 students, on a first-come first-served basis. Note that 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.

Pre-registration on Monday February 24th. Accepted students will soon after be provided a link to the registration site for payment. Applications and registration fees must be received by the deadline, April 30, 2020. Students will then be responsible for making their own reservations in the selected University of Minnesota dormitory (for which information will be provided) or organizing their own accommodation.

When registering, students will be asked to provide a short Research Interest statement that will be used to form the student groups for the lab exercises.

Students interested in applying for a scholarship will also be asked to provide a statement explaining why attending the Summer School will be beneficial for their professional development (max 4,000 characters) and other information they may want to add, in addition to providing an estimate of their round-trip travel cost, whether they have funding available from their advisors/institutions, and to what extent.

Registration typically fills up within the first few days, so we encourage interested students to apply as early as possible.

More information will be posted on this website as it becomes available and will also be circulated through our community's mailing lists, further announcements will follow!


Scholarship Support

A   limited number of Student scholarships will be provided thanks to the support of the American Geophysical Union, Geomagnetism & Paleomagnetism section and the National Science Foundation .



Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism Section of AGUAmerican Geophysical Union National Science Foundation



Information for Participants

Schedule (TBD)

Syllabus (TBD)


Photos from the 2011 school

Participant Pigs from 2011


For participants staying on campus, lodging will be in University of Minnesota Pioneer Hall dormitory. Students are responsible to make their own reservations through the Guest Housing website. For off-campus housing, see our Where to Stay page.

Dining Options

Guests who wish to eat in the residential dining centers may purchase their meals from the dining room cashier. For off-campus locations see our Where to Eat page.


Download a campus map with locations relevant to the summer school.


Weather in June can be highly variable, with daytime highs ranging from about 60-85°F (15-30°C). However, it is likely to be in the 70s. Rain is likely at some point during your visit, and you may want to bring a light rain jacket for the Saturday field trip.

Institute for Rock Magnetism, University of Minnesota, 150 John T Tate Hall, 116 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455