2018 SSA Global Travel Grant Recipients Announced

Rachel Hatch, Meredith Kraner, Heather McFarlin and Nadine Reitman are the first recipients of a new student travel program established by the Board of Directors in December 2017. Part of the Society’s effort to support the development of careers in seismology and earthquake science, the grants ranged from $500 – $2,000 for travel before October 2018.

Rachel Hatch, from the University of Nevada, Reno, will attend the Banff 2018 International Induced Seismicity Workshop in Alberta, Canada. She hopes to use the workshop to draw upon the parallels between induced seismology and her current research on the Walker Lake tectonic region.

Fellow University of Nevada, Reno student Meredith Kraner will use her grant to attend the 2018 Southern California Earthquake Center Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, California. Kraner aims to discover new tools and approaches that she can apply to her own research, as well as interact and build relationships with leading researchers.

University of South Florida student Heather McFarlin will travel to Naples, Italy for the Cities on Volcanoes 10 meeting, which brings together the volcanology community, emergency officials and civic leaders. She hopes to learn more about the crisis and risk assessment procedures associated with volcanic crises and to share seismic data about an understudied volcano in the central Andes.

Like Kraner, Nadine Reitman – currently a graduate student at the University of Colorado Boulder – will attend the 2018 Southern California Earthquake Center Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, California. Reitman will be sharing her dissertation research on the strike-slip fault systems in Death Valley and the northeastern California Shear Zone with scientists who focus on California tectonics.

The Global Travel Grant Program provides financial assistance to SSA student members attending a workshop, a small domestic scientific meeting or an international scientific meeting. More information on the program can be found here.