FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Workshop 2011

FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Workshop 2011

FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users Workshop 2011: Student Trip

April 9-17, 2011

Taipei, Taiwan

Link to Taiwan Website:

Trip Details

Dates: The workshop will be held April 13-15, 2011. A student conference with National Central University, a tour of NSPO, and other cultural activities will be arranged in conjunction with this trip. We anticipate that the participants will depart the U.S. on Saturday, April 9 and arrive back in the U.S. on Sunday, April 17.

Travel: The UCAR COSMIC Program Office will handle travel for all participants.

Participants: 10 U.S. graduate students and senior undergraduate students will participate in the Student Trip.

Application: The application deadline was January 31, 2011. Students were notified regarding their acceptance on February 8, 2011.

Information for students

Poster: Each participant will be required to present a poster in a formal student poster session at the FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users Workshop. Poster abstracts should be submitted on the NSPO website ( by March 7, 2011. Posters files (with print size specified) should be sent to, due date April 5, 2011. The display area for your poster will be 40"W by 80"H. The minimum suggested poster size is 40"W x 36"H.

The poster presentation will be part of a "student competition." Both U.S. and Taiwanese students will compete for prizes to be provided by NSPO. Posters will be judged based on the originality and depth of understanding of your topic.

To view past examples of student posters, visit the FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users Workshop 2008 and the FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users Workshop 2009 Student Poster archives.

Oral Presentations: Each participant will be required to give a scientific talk during a student conference at the National Central University in Jhongli City, Taiwan. The presentation should be 10 minutes with no more than 10 slides. The guidelines are as follows:

  • Introduce yourself
  • Discuss the objectives of your research
  • Show some preliminary results (if you do not have preliminary results to present, explain why your research topic is important)
  • Time for questions (there will be an additional 2 minutes for questions).

There will be an informal competition with the students evaluating each other on the following criteria:

  1. How clear is your presentation?
  2. How knowleadgeable are you about your topic?

The Taiwanese students will be given the same guidelines and we will alternate speakers (one U.S., then one Taiwanese, and so on). Small prizes will be awarded to the top three U.S. students and the top three Taiwan Students. You may also be asked to "chair" a session during this time.

Report: Each participant will be required to write a personal trip report following the conclusion of the trip. Student trip report guidelines can be found here and will be due May 6, 2011. (Email as a Word document to To view past examples of student reports, visit the FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC Data Users Workshop 2008 Student Trip Reports archive.