Gateway Research Experiences

Who is eligible to participate?

  • citizens and permanent residents of the US or its possessions
  • rising second-year (sophomore) students when project begins; rising third-year students may also apply, but have lower priority
  • students with demonstrated interest in science
  • enrolled at an institution with bachelor’s degree programs, or institutions with associate’s degree programs leading to transfer to a bachelor’s program

As a Keck Gateway 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 $3,000 fellowship for your participation in the five-week summer research project; dispersed at end of summer program

Expectations of Keck Gateway research participants:

  • hard-working, intellectually curious, and passionate about science
  • able to work as part of a team
  • contribute to a co-authored presentation at a professional meeting
  • complete project surveys and evaluations that are administered before, during, and after the summer project
  • complete guided self-reflection about the research experience

Important Info

Application for 2023 Coming Soon
Flyer of 2023 Projects Coming Soon


15 Feb:  Applications due

15 Mar:  Acceptance letters sent




Environmental change in Glacier National Park

Environmental change in Glacier National Park

Landscape and environmental change in Glacier National Park, Montana Overview: This project uses sediment core samples to reconstruct glacial history, Holocene climate, and human impacts to Glacier National Park, Montana. Chains of lakes in glacial valleys collect the...

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Montana Dinosaurs

Montana Dinosaurs

Exploring Late Cretaceous Wetland Ecosystems Part 2: Dinosaurs and Vertebrate Microfossils in MontanaOverview: Nine students will collect, identify, and interpret the fossils of backboned animals found in the classic Cretaceous Judith River Formation of Montana, with...

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