Fischer’s thesis is entitled “Earth’s accretion, core formation, and core composition.” Geballe’s thesis is entitled “Melting and freezing of metals under the high pressures of planetary interiors.” They both were formally presented with the award at the 2014 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, held 15–19 December in San Francisco, Calif.

Rebecca Fischer

Rebecca Fischer received her B.A. in integrated science and Earth and planetary sciences from Northwestern University in 2009. She is currently working toward a Ph.D. in high-pressure mineral physics under the supervision of Andrew Campbell at the University of Chicago. Her research interests include the compositions of Earth and planetary cores and the physical and chemical processes that determine their compositions.

Zack Geballe

Zack Geballe received his B.S. in physics from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 2008. In Fall 2014 he completed his Ph.D. in high-pressure mineral physics under the supervision of Raymond Jeanloz at the University of California, Berkeley. His primary research interests are the thermal evolution of the Earth’s core and the physics of melting, freezing, and amorphization.

Citation: AGU (2015), Fischer and Geballe Receive 2014 Mineral and Rock Physics Graduate Research Awards, Eos, 96, doi:10.1029/2015EO027523. Published on 6 April 2015.

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