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

2023 Keck Projects Flyer
Application for 2023 Program


15 Feb:  Applications due

15 Mar:  Acceptance letters sent




Floods in Yellowstone National Park

Floods in Yellowstone National Park

The impact of large floods on fluvial systems in northern Yellowstone National ParkOverview: This six-student Gateway project will introduce five rising sophomores to field-based applied fluvial geomorphology research and provide a senior thesis for a rising senior...

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Groundwater in California and Western Great Plains

Groundwater in California and Western Great Plains

Geochemical controls on uranium contamination of groundwater in the Central Valley and High Plains aquifer systemsOverview: Two of the most agriculturally productive regions in the world are the western Great Plains, which grows the majority of U.S. grain, and the...

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