Four researchers receive AGU Outstanding Student Paper Awards

Four Stanford Earth researchers have been selected to receive 2019 Outstanding Student Paper Awards (OSPAs) from the American Geophysical Union (AGU): PhD candidates TYLER KUKLA, CHAYAWAN “EARTH” JAIKLA, INDRANEEL “NEEL” KASMALKAR and ANNA BROOME.

Anna Broome
Anna Broome is among the students recognized by the AGU.

The award is given to promote, recognize and reward undergraduate, master’s and PhD students for quality research in the geophysical sciences. Typically, only the top 3 to 5 percent of student participants who present their research at the annual AGU Fall meeting are awarded an OSPA.

“Every year, our students push the boundaries of research across the board,” said STEPHEN GRAHAM, the Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences (Stanford Earth). “It’s great to see the next generation skillfully communicating these innovative ideas.”

The students presented their research at the 2019 fall meeting in December, which was held in San Francisco. Broome, who proposed a new multi-frequency radar sounding approach for better understanding basal ice sheet characteristics, said it was “quite fulfilling” to engage conference attendees who were excited about her research.

“Although we are just in the initial stages of the project, the simulation results I presented at AGU were very encouraging and are helping us shape the radar system design going forward,” Broome said.

Kukla also expressed appreciation for the chance to present at the professional conference, which is the largest gathering of Earth and space scientists in the world.

“I am most excited by the opportunity to receive feedback from more senior scientists that took valuable time out of their conference to support students like me,” Kukla said. “Their insights and criticisms are just as valuable – if not more so – than the award, and I’m grateful AGU provides opportunities for us students to receive constructive, external feedback.”

Read more about the students’ award-winning research on the Stanford Earth website.