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2015 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 third biennial Summer School in Rock Magnetism (SSRM), which will be held from June1-10, 2015 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 (~$30 per night). A limited number of scholarships ($200-$250) will be available to cover some of the costs for attending the summer program. Applications must be received by the deadline, March 31, 2015.



Registration is now complete!

Registration has been limited to 20 participants, and is now complete. However, you may still get on the waiting list by using the links below and to the right. Placement on the waiting list is on a first arrived- first served basis and we will notify you if there are any openings.

To get on the waiting list, follow the Get on the waiting list link.


Scholarship Support

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


This year's AGU Student Scholarship recipients are: Tim van Peer (University of Southampton), Sarah Slotznick (California Institute of technology), and Yael Ebert (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem). Congratulations!


Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism Section of AGUAmerican Geophysical Union National Science Foundation



Information for Participants

2015 Registration is Complete!

Get on the waiting list


Program Information:

Schedule for 2015

Syllabus for 2015


Photos from the 2011 school

Participant Pigs from 2011


For participants staying on campus, lodging will be in University of Minnesota dormitories (check-in Sunday, May 31st). 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.

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