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 $2,000 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 Dates

15 Dec:    2019-20 Projects Posted

15 Feb:    Application deadline

22 Mar:    Acceptance letters sent

Application Process
Online Application (Closed)

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Geology of the Chugach-Prince William terrane

Geology of the Chugach-Prince William terrane

Geology of the Chugach-Prince William terrane in northern Prince William Sound, Alaska Overview:  This six-student project focuses on the geology of the Chugach-Prince William terrane in southern Alaska, and is part on an ongoing study of the...

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