We will be having Q club this Friday at 1:00 pm in Valentine 205/206. Pizza and snacks will be provided. Katie Abramski will be speaking about her SLU Fellowship (summer research project). Title: Improving the Statistical Method for Classifying Geomagnetic Storms Abstract:Solar storms create disturbances in the Earth’s magnetic field that can damage satellites and cause power grids to fail. In an effort to better understand solar storms, we explore ways to improve the current method for classifying events as storms based on the Disturbance Storm Time (Dst) index. Several methods currently exist for classifying events as storms based on their Dst observation, such as -100nT or -65nT. We investigate how these classification methods were created, and search for a more statistically justified way to define storms. We explore different methods of classifying events as storms based on Dst.The SLU Fellows program gives students the excellent opportunity to do research and collaborate with others. In addition to presenting my research project, I will talk about the SLU Fellows application process as well as some of the benefits of the program.