I am currently a PhD student in the Physics Department at Utah State University working with Dr. Robert Schunk and Dr. Kent Tobiska in the Space Weather Center. What do I do? In the summer of 2009 I had a summer fellowship with the American Meteorological Society (AMS) with a research focus on Space Weather and Global Positioning System (GPS) Policy issues and answered questions like: how does space weather effect GPS, who uses GPS and what is science policy? Ever since my fellowship I've attended numerous space weather meetings and conferences. Every interaction I’ve had with government, industry, and academic representatives of the space weather community as well as a main underlying theme at every conference I’ve attended is this: there is a strong need for understanding the Sun-Earth connection and being able to capture that on a model with the optimal objective of producing predictions with significant lead time especially when it comes to disruptions in the ionosphere. Why am I interested in this? Because of my 2009 AMS summer fellowship I've become infatuated with the GPS industry and had the chance to pick apart the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center’s navigational products customer list. Firsthand I saw all the unique ways GPS is used and how this infrastructure could see devastation if GPS were to be disrupted by a space weather phenomena. Why USU? The dynamic team at USU offers great research opportunities that will provide breakthroughs in ionospheric modeling used especially for GPS issues, something crucially needed as our society becomes more and more reliant on GPS.