CISM’s overarching Education mission is to recruit and train the next generation of space physicists and imbue them with an understanding of the Sun & Earth as a system. Click here to view the full text of the CISM Education Plan.
The CISM Education program is highly integrated with our scientific research. The four core elements of the program are:
The graduate student retreat, all-hands meetings, graduate student Access Grid (AG) sessions, the graduate student e-Newsletter, and cross-institutional interdisciplinary research interactions provide CISM graduate students with a strong sense of community and a unique, holistic view of the Sun-Earth system. Through these close interactions the students are forging the foundation for career-long professional relationships and developing expertise that will provide a core of space weather researchers to carry forward the CISM legacy.
The CISM Summer School is aimed primarily at students entering graduate school in space or solar physics, or at the end of their first year of graduate study. However some undergraduates, a high school teacher, and particularly professionals entering the field have also benefited from attending. In two weeks the school provides an overview of the space environment, space weather hazards, and models that are used to understand, specify, and predict the space environment. Hands-on use of space weather models is a core component of the school. The goal is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the Sun-Earth system, space weather, and the various types and uses of models in order to provide the context for their subsequent more detailed and theoretical study in graduate school.
Academic year research projects provide undergraduates with valuable skills and experiences within the unifying CISM context. Throughout the year CISM will provide opportunities for undergraduates to share their research and engage in professional development. The capstone event, the undergraduate retreat, will solidify a sense of membership in the CISM community following the pathfinder model of the successful graduate student retreat.
CISM will pursue specific contributions to grade 6-14 education and science literacy, both through targeted training for educators and high visibility exhibits and information for the general public. These activities are: the Stanford Space Weather Monitor, the Solar Planetarium show, the new Windows to the Universe section on space weather, the Physics of Ham Radio course at Rice University, the collaboration between Berkeley/Stanford and the San Francisco Exploratorium, secondary curriculum development, and teacher workshops. Several of these activities are highly leveraged by ongoing related efforts, enabling high impact for modest investment. These activities will be integrated through shared content and resources.