University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

Go to unit's home.

IRM Home

2018 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 fourth biennial Summer School in Rock Magnetism (SSRM), which will be held from June 4-13, 2018 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 availab;le in University of Minnesota dormitories (~$30-50 per night).

A   limited number of scholarships ($200-$250) will be available to cover some of the costs for attending the summer program.


Registration for the Summer School is now open. Please follow this link to register.

Applications must be received by the deadline, April 30, 2018.


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

2018 Schedule

2018 Syllabus


Photos from the 2011 school

Participant Pigs from 2011


For participants staying on campus, lodging will be in University of Minnesota dormitories (check-in Tuesday, 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.


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