The participants at the Seismology Student Workshop (SSW) introduce themselves with an exercise that has been a highlight of the workshop since its start in 2013. Students write their research interests on a whiteboard, circling topics they have in common with others and drawing lines to connect their fields of expertise. The finished board—a riot of colors, drawings, and exclamation points—offers a dynamic glimpse at one of seismology’s most unusual conferences.

The sixth annual SSW, held on 14–16 March at Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory, is the country’s only seismology meeting run entirely by students. Sponsored by SSA and Columbia University’s Department...

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