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

2024 Keck Projects Flyer
Appl. for 2024 Programs - Closed


15 Feb:  Applications due

15 Mar:  Acceptance letters sent




Climate Change and Sand Production in Colorado

Climate Change and Sand Production in Colorado

Investigating linkages between geologic histories, eolian dust production, and climate changeWhat: Increased drought frequency and severity combined with vegetation change is increasing dust emissions, which in turn affects snowmelt, groundwater, and nutrient...

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Environmental change in Glacier National Park

Environmental change in Glacier National Park

Anthropocene environmental change in Glacier National Park, MontanaWhat: This Gateway project utilizes the remote and relatively pristine landscape of Glacier National Park (GNP), Montana as a natural laboratory for understanding the impacts of climate change, both...

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Springs in the Driftless Area of Minnesota

Springs in the Driftless Area of Minnesota

A synoptic survey of springs in the Driftless Area of Minnesota to identify spatial patterns in groundwater qualityWhat: This Gateway Project will introduce students to karst geology and hydrogeology in the Paleozoic bedrock landscape of the Driftless Area in...

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Coral Reefs in Belize

Coral Reefs in Belize

Nature vs. Nurture at Coral Gardens Reef: A Rapid Response Investigation of Endangered Acropora sp. Corals in BelizeWhat: This project seeks enthusiastic and diverse undergraduate researchers to join our investigation of how global environmental changes are impacting...

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