University of Memphis, Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI)

Memphis,  TN 
United States
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CERI is one of the five Centers of Excellence at the University of Memphis, a vibrant place where faculty, researchers, students, and staff dedicate their time and energy to understanding the causes and physical consequences of earthquakes, and their impact on society. CERI offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Earth Sciences with a concentration in Geophysics.


CERI Overview

 Show Specials

  • (Oct 26, 2020)

    CERI Faculty and Students will be available Dec7-11 for attendees to chat with us at the times shown below. Please send me an email ( if you want to schedule a zoom meeting with any CERI member outside the regular times.

    Daily Schedule, 7-11 December (Eastern Time)
    11:00 am–12:00 pm ET
    1:00–1:30 pm ET
    6:00–7:00 pm ET

    Zoom link:

    Meeting ID: 864 7192 0253
    Passcode: 738220

 Press Releases

  • PhD and MS Positions in Geophysics at CERI 

    The center of Earthquake Research and Information (CERI) invites highly motivated applications for our graduate programs leading to PhD and MS degrees in Geophysics. All students receive 12-month Research Assistantship support until timely completion of the degree. We offer a broad spectrum of courses and operate in a collegial, supportive environment.  

    CERI is one of five Centers of Excellence at the University of Memphis. As an M.S. or Ph.D. candidate, you'll be a part of a vibrant research environment where projects are being conducted at a global scale. We encourage collaborative research to help solve key problems in earth sciences. Possible research topics include, but are not limited to, seismology, seismic hazard analysis, earthquake physics, seismotectonics, geodesy, geodynamics, and computational tectonic modeling.  We offer on-site data collection from two large seismic networks and a GPS network in the central U.S. and experience with rapid instrument deployment following felt earthquakes in the region. Interaction and collaboration with Earth Sciences and Civil Engineering faculty is encouraged. For more information, please visit our graduate program brochure at and the CERI website 

    Applications are reviewed starting January 15, 2021 for fall 2021 admission.  Applications are made through the University of Memphis Graduate School (  Additional admission guidance is provided on our website ( and by contacting Michelle Smith ( and Christine Powell (