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Visiting the IRM : Visitor Categories

The Institute for Rock Magnetism is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art facilities and technical expertise to any interested researcher who applies and is accepted in one of three categories: Visiting Research Fellowships (10-day), U.S. Visiting Student Fellowships (5-day), and U-Channel Fellowships (7-day). It is also possible to arrange shorter, informal visits. See application information for each category.


Visiting Research Fellowships

These fellowships provide access to the full set of IRM instruments for up to 10 days. Topics for research are open to any field of study involving fine particle magnetism, but preference will be given to projects relating magnetism to geological or environmental studies, or to fundamental physical studies relevant to the magnetism of Earth materials. In general, projects that require only widely-available equipment (such as paleomagnetic or low-field susceptibility instruments) will be given lower priority than those that require a variety of more specialized rock-magnetic instruments (e.g., low-temperature, high-field susceptometers, domain imaging, Mossbauer spectroscopy).

The Fellowship is accompanied by a $4000 credit to be applied toward instrument user fees and actual travel costs (note that a maximum of $750 can be applied towards travel costs). No funds are available for per diem expenses. Historial usage data has shown that $4000 is sufficient to cover all desired instrument usage for the average Visiting Fellow.

U.S. Visiting Student Fellowships

This program aims to provide financial and instrumental support for advanced undergraduates and graduate students who seek to acquire state-of-the-art rock magnetic and/or paleomagnetic data for an individual research project.  Special consideration will be given to students requiring data for the completion of a senior thesis or preliminary data for a proposal to support continued graduate research. More advanced students may wish instead to apply for a regualr Visiting Research Fellowship.

U.S. Student Fellows receive up to $500 for actual travel costs, and instrument usage fees are waived.

Visiting Students may spend up to five days at the IRM and will work with IRM staff to:

An individualized learning component will be an integral part of the Visiting Student Program. The format will be flexible and may involve a mini-seminar or group discussion activity with IRM staff and faculty. This will take place shortly after arriving at the IRM and will be focused on a particular aspect of magnetism most suitable to the student's project and educational background.

This program is meant to help cultivate young researchers with an interest in paleomagnetism and rock magnetism.  We anticipate and encourage Visiting Students to apply for full fledged Visiting Fellowships at any point after their Visiting Student Program is completed. 

Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students at an accredited U.S. university or college. We strongly urge, but do not require, the student's home institution to commit to providing an equal, matching grant to the student. 

U-Channel Visitors

For visitors whose purpose is primarly to use the u-channel (long-core) magnetometer system.

The IRM's u-channel magnetometer system is available for use to outside visitors through a short application process. To help you plan your visit, please keep in mind the following:

A fee waiver for instrument use may be granted if the user can demonstrate that the fee would constitute a financial hardship. Proposals will not be evaluated on the basis of ability to pay.

Guest Researchers

Many researchers may not have need for an extended stay at the IRM. If you require access to only two or three instruments, for periods up to 3 days, please contact us about scheduling an informal visit.

These visits are accomodated throughout the year as scheduling permits. Please contact Facility Manager Mike Jackson (irm@...) for more information and to arrange a visit. It is best to send a short (1 paragraph) description of what you propose to do along with dates you would be interested in visiting.


Application Deadlines

Applications for Visiting Research, U.S. Visiting Student Fellowships and U-Channel Visitors are accepted April 30 and October 30. These deadlines are for visits to be scheduled the following July-December and January-June, respectively.

We recognize that some lake- and ocean-core projects are time sensitive because of the potential for rapid, post-coring, sediment diagenesis. Therefore, time-sensitive applications will be entertained year round and allowed as scheduling permits.

Guest Researchers may contact us at any time to discuss a mutually agreeable visit date.

More information on the application process can be found here.

Suggested Acknowledgement

In order to help us track publications that result from research performed at the IRM we kindly ask that the nature of the visit to the IRM is acknowledged in any resulting publication. You may include a statement similar to or edit this suggested acknowledgement statement as appropriate:

"Part of this work was performed [insert if and as appropriate: as a Visiting Fellow/ US Visiting Student Fellow/ U-Channel Visitor] at the Institute for Rock Magnetism (IRM) at the University of Minnesota. The IRM is a US National Multi-user Facility supported through the Instrumentation and Facilities program of the National Science Foundation, Earth Sciences Division, and by funding from the University of Minnesota."

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