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2011 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 first biennial Summer School in Rock Magnetism (SSRM), which will be held from June 6-15, 2011 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. 

Participant costs will include a $100 registration fee, housing ($231 for 11 nights), meals, and travel to and from Minneapolis. Housing will be available in the dormitories on the University of Minnesota campus. Limited kitchen facilities are available in the dorms, or meals may be purchased in the dormitory dining hall or in many reasonably-priced dining establishments on or near campus. A limited number of scholarships ($200-$250, maximum $500) will be awarded to help cover some of the costs of participating.


Scholarship Support

Student scholarships are available thanks to the support of the National Science Foundation and the American Geophysical Union, Geomagnetism & Paleomagnetism section.

Congratulations to the winners of the AGU GP section scholarships:


Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism Section of AGUAmerican Geophysical Union National Science Foundation

Registration is now closed.


Information for Participants

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For participants staying on campus, lodging will be in the Centennial Hall dormitories (check-in Sunday, June 5). Go to the front desk, tell the staff you are with Geology, and give them your name. For off-campus housing, see our Where to Stay page.

Dining Options

Meals are not included in the dormitory reservation, but we have assembled a list of local, reasonably-priced options. See also our Where to Eat page.


Download a campus map with locations relevant to the summer school. Note that Washington Ave. will be closed to all vehicle traffic due to light rail construction. Most buses are re-routed to University or 4th. See Metro Transit for details.


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 and the sampling excursion to the St. Paul Soil Pit.

Institute for Rock Magnetism, University of Minnesota, 291 Shepherd Labs, 100 Union Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455