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Daniel Trugman awarded the Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research
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Daniel Trugman, graduating next week with honors in Geophysics, has been awarded the Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, and also the most exclusive undergraduate-research award at Stanford, the David M. Kennedy Prize for the single best honors thesis in the natural sciences at Stanford in 2012-13.   Daniel's thesis, “A Pseudo-Dynamic Rupture Model Generator for Earthquakes on Geometrically Complex Faults”, was advised by Prof. Eric Dunham.  Despite being one of the smallest undergraduate departments at Stanford, this is the second Kennedy Prize in just four years: in 2010 Geeta Persad, now a NSF Graduate Research Fellow at Princeton, was similarly honored.

Samuel Bydlon receives Student Presentation Award for outstanding talk at the Seismological Society of America meeting
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Geophysics grad student Sam Bydlon received a Student Presentation Award for his outstanding talk at the Seismological Society of America meeting. The award is given for an excellent poster presentation or talk to 0-15% of the presenting students at the meeting, based upon an absolute standard of excellence and criteria developed by the Student Presentation Subcommittee of the Honors Committee.

Geophysics student Daniel Trugman awarded Stanford's Hoefer Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing
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Stanford's Hoefer Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing has been awarded to senior Daniel Trugman for his essay, “Get it Right or Go To Jail: A Review of Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis,” written in Simon Klemperer’s and Dennis Bird’s GeoPhys 199, "Senior Seminar: Issues in Earth Sciences", in Fall 2012.  This year, just 8 prizes were awarded across the university and Daniel is the first geophysicist to win this award.The prize will be awarded at the Hoefer Prize ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, May 22 at 4:00 p.m. in the Gold Lounge of the Faculty Club.

Chris Castillo awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for 2013-2016
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Geophysics Graduate student Chris Castillo has been awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for 2013-2016, just one of five awarded this year in Geophysics across the entire USA. NSF received over 13,000 submitted applications for the 2013 competition, and made 2,000 award offers. Congratulations to the Chris.

Piyapa Dejtrakulwong, Nishank Saxena and Ali Almomin are in the top 30 presentations for the 2012 SEG Annual Meeting.
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Geophysics students, Piyapa Dejtrakulwong, Nishank Saxena and Ali Almomin's presentations were selected as one of the best 30 papers selected from the 2012 SEG Annual Meeting. Every year, SEG honors the 30 best papers presented at the Annual Meeting. These papers are chosen from among the hundreds of e-Poster, oral, and poster presentations given each year. Approximately 900 presentations were given at the 2012 SEG Annual Meeting held in Las Vegas last November. The process for selecting the best paper relies on participation and input from the chair, cochair, and audience members from each presentation. Congratulations to all.

Eric Dunham receives NSF Career Award
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Geophysics Assistant Professor Eric Dunham received an NSF CAREER Award for his “Subduction Zone Hazards: Megathrust Rupture Dynamics and Tsunamis” project. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Rosemary Knight is awarded SEG Honorary Life Membership from the Near-Surface Geophysics Section
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Geophysics professor Rosemary Knight was awarded  Honorary Life Membership from the Near-Surface Geophysics Section during the 2012 Society of Exploration Geophysicists Annual Meeting. This is the third time the award has been given since the section was formed 20 years ago.

Honorary Life Memberships may be extended to any member, who has active status; who has made a distinguished contribution deserving of exceptional recognition, to exploration geophysics, a related field, or to the advancement of the profession of exploration geophysics through service to the SEG; and who has voluntarily rendered exceptionally meritorious service to the NSG Section.

Professor Zoback awarded Louis Neel Medal of the European Geosciences Union
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Geophysics professor Mark Zoback has been recently awarded the Louis Neel Medal of the European Geosciences Union, recognizing outstanding scientists in Earth Magnetism & Rock Physics. The medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding achievements in rock magnetism and rock physics and geomaterials, and is named for Louis Eugène Felix Néel, who shared the 1970 Nobel Prize of Physics for his fundamental research and discoveries concerning antiferromagnetism. Forty one receipents will receive their prizes at the 2013 EGU General Assembly taking place in Vienna on 7-12 April.

Geophysics Students win several awards at the SUM/SEG '12 Student conference in Beijing.
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Geophysics Students won several awards at the SUM/SEG '12 Student conference in Beijing. Stanford-USTC-MIT (SUM) 2012, a student summer camp in China, had participants from geophysics program of three major universities, representing 11 nationalities. With nine students from Stanford, seven students from MIT, twenty students from USTC, and eight from other universities, SUM 2012 had the objective to promote friendship, academic and culture exchange among students, to offer opportunities for students to interact with leading earth scientists in China and discuss about the issues of environment, resources, and natural hazards on Earth. From the nine Stanford students sent to China, five have received awards:

Best oral presentation
Yunyue Li, with special mention for her Content Clarity, Timing Pacing and Clarity of Speech.
Best poster presentation
Sam Bydlon, with special mention for his Layout, Content Clarity and Enthusiasm.
Honorable mentions for
Brad Liptovsky for his Enthusiasm and Q&A performance.
Sjoerd de Ridder for his Presentation layout.
Rall Walsh for his Q&A performance.

Congratulations to all above for their achievements.
Justin Brown, Angela Chung, Marine Denolle and Ksenia Dmitrieva won a Seismological Society of America outstanding student presentation award.
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Congratulations to Jeremy Brown, Angela Chung, Marine Denolle and Ksenia Dmitrieva for receiving the 2012 SSA Student presentation awards. The awards were given to 12 students for excellent poster presentation or talk at the 2012 SSA Meeting, held in San Diego, California. The selection of winners was based upon an absolute standard of excellence and criteria developed by the Student Presentation Subcommittee of the Honors Committee from a field of 117 students.