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 and enrolled at an institution with bachelor’s degree programs

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




Groundwater contaminants in California’s Central Valley

Groundwater contaminants in California’s Central Valley

Biogeochemical controls on natural and anthropogenic groundwater contaminants in California’s Central ValleyOverview: Groundwater in California’s Central Valley is subject to contamination by a variety of natural and human-sourced contaminants. This presents potential...

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Wisconsin Freshwater Springs

Wisconsin Freshwater Springs

Thermal imaging to characterize the spatial distribution of temperature in freshwater springs Overview: During the Wisconsin Springs Gateway project, we will explore how local variations in topography, surficial geology, and bedrock geology influence the spatial...

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