Advanced Research Experiences

Who is eligible to participate?

  • citizens and permanent residents of the US or its possessions
  • rising fourth-year (senior) students when project begins; rising third-year students may also apply, but have lower priority
  • declared major in earth science (or related field) degree program leading to a bachelor’s degree
  • completed course prerequisites required by projects
  • willing to complete independent study or senior capstone/thesis research based on Keck summer project

As a Keck Advanced research participant, you will be awarded:

  • transportation to the project home institution
  • transportation, housing, and meals during the summer project
  • support for research expenses and analytical costs
  • funding for travel, housing and meals to co-present your results with other project members at a professional meeting
  • a $2,400 fellowship for your participation in the four-week summer and academic year research project; dispersed at the end of the summer project.  In some exceptional circumstances (e.g., international projects), student fellowships might be reduced to help cover travel costs.  Please see project descriptions for exceptions.

Expectations of Keck Advanced research participants:

  • hard-working, intellectually curious, and passionate about earth science
  • able to work independently and as part of a team
  • contribute to a co-authored presentation at a professional meeting during following fall or spring
  • continue to investigate your summer project during the following academic year, typically culminating in a senior capstone or thesis
  • submit a Short Contribution (extended abstract) describing your research results in late spring
  • complete project surveys and evaluations that are administered before, during, and after the summer project
  • complete guided activities and self-reflections throughout the research experience

Important Info

2024 Keck Projects Flyer
Appl. for 2024 Programs - Closed


15 Feb:  Applications due

15 Mar:  Acceptance letters sent



California Subduction Cycles

California Subduction Cycles

How many California Mesozoic subduction cycles? 1, 2, or 3?Overview: Mysterious blocks of garnet-bearing rock are found within sediments throughout coastal California. Although these rocks were clearly formed during subduction, their relationship to one another...

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Virginia Water Quality

Virginia Water Quality

Identifying major controls on soil and groundwater contamination in the Shenandoah Valley & Southwest VirginiaOverview: This eight student Advanced Research Project will investigate the role of land use patterns, soil geochemistry, aquifer type, and nearby stream...

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