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CCMC Student Research Contest

Past contests: | 2017 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

CCMC Student Contest winners: | 2017 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

The Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC) and National Science Foundation (NSF) has held its fifth annual CCMC Student Research Contest.

Participants were current undergraduate and graduate students who are using (or have recently used) CCMC tools and services in a research project or as a part of coursework to enter the contest.

Project (and report) guidelines:

  • A successful project could involve the use of CCMC tools to demonstrate a physical process or concept in new and creative ways, or to gain new understanding of one of the many unanswered questions in space physics.
  • The report (not to exceed 10 pages) should include:

    • a problem statement,
    • description of the CCMC models and tools used,
    • results,
    • discussion,
    • conclusions,
    • and references.
    • The report should include figures, at least one of which is generated with CCMC visualization tools, to convey the results in a clear and interesting manner. Ideally, a report can be used as a base for a paper. For projects completed as part of a collaborative effort, or under the supervision of a mentor, please include a statement describing which tasks were completed by the student.

  • Winners in these categories were invited to present their work at selected workshops, such as CEDAR, GEM, and SHINE workshops. A fixed amount of travel support was awarded to cover airfare and lodging (exact amount to be determined).

A panel of scientists, none of whom will be CCMC staff members, evaluate the reports. Therefore, students are encouraged to contact CCMC staff members regarding the models and tools available, for consultation on possible research projects, or for assistance with submitting runs or visualizing results. The full list of staff members is here

CCMC Tools and Services

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Students are encouraged to learn more about research opportunities using CCMC tools and services during community Workshops, by contacting CCMC staff and other scientists familiar with CCMC tools and services.