Student Modeler Award 2019

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Syvitski Student Modeler Award 2018


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Students… It's time to apply for the CSDMS STUDENT MODELER AWARD.


Applications due by January 15, 2018



CSDMS invites graduate students from earth and computer sciences to compete for the annual “CSDMS Student Modeler Award.” This year for the first time we are naming the award in honor of Jai Syvitski, CSDMS's founding executive director from 2007 to 2017, who has inspired countless modelers. If you have completed an outstanding research project in 2017, which involved developing an earth science model, a modeling tool, or module linking technology, you can qualify for this award! Models can be on all earth surface topics that our community embraces; terrestrial, coastal, marine, hydrological, ecological, geodynamics, or involving landscapes and human dimensions.
Entries will be judged on the basis of ingenuity, applicability, and contribution toward the advancement of geoscience modeling by a panel of experts in the field. The jurors will look at the outstanding scientific problem the modeling effort tries to solve, and how modeling contributed to the solution. Important criteria are the description of the mathematical framework, how significant the contribution to science and society is, and evaluate the presentation of the model results. Software experts on the panel will score open source code contributions, review the codes and judge coding best practices, if you submit your code. Codes that have a high quality, in the sense of modularity, platform independence, and user friendliness will receive extra bonus points.

We’ll have a prize! In addition, CSDMS will fund your visit to our meeting in Boulder, Colorado May 2018 to learn all about the CSDMS.

To apply, submit the following to csdms@colorado.edu by January 15thth, 2018:

  • a 1‐page abstract highlighting your results
  • a digital copy of your thesis or research paper,
  • your code or a link to a repository of your code, and technical documentation if available.
  • contact information of your supervisor.


We will treat all submissions that are still to be published confidentially.

Recipients of this year’s award will be announced by early February 2018. The winner will receive a fully funded trip* to Boulder, Colorado to attend a meeting in 2018 to learn all about CSDMS, network with other modelers and attend a suite of clinics. The meeting will be held May 22nd-24th, 2018.

The Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System deals with the Earth's surface-the ever changing, dynamic interface between lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and atmosphere. We promote the modeling of earth surface processes by developing, and disseminating integrated software modules that predict the movement of fluids, and the flux (production, erosion, transport, and deposition) of sediment and solutes in landscapes and their sedimentary basins.

* Trip must originate from within the Continental U.S.A.