Keck Undergraduate Research Experiences


The Keck Geology Consortium, with support from the National Science Foundation (EAR 1659322), offers research experiences for undergraduates (REU). Typically, several different projects are available in each of two distinctive programs that are designed for students with different educational backgrounds and interests:

  • Gateway Projects are designed for rising sophomores (and rare juniors) who are considering a major in science or earth science. Gateway research experiences are designed to deepen student’s understanding of the nature of the earth sciences and its intersections with socially relevant issues. Students receive a $2,500 fellowship for participation in a five-week field and laboratory investigation during summer. Project teams also receive support to co-present their research results at a professional meeting during the following fall or spring. Read more about Gateway Projects…
  • Advanced Projects provide rising senior (and rare junior) earth science majors an opportunity to apply their disciplinary knowledge to collaborative problem-solving. Teams of 4-16 students work together in the field and/or laboratory for 4 weeks during the summer ($2,000 fellowship), followed by an entire academic year of deeper questioning, data collection, analysis, and dissemination; these typically become the focus of a senior capstone or thesis at their home institution. Project participants also prepare a written Short Contribution during late spring and are encouraged to co-present their results at a professional conference. Read more about Advanced Projects…


2018 -19 Keck Program

Download Flyer for 2018 Projects

Gateway Projects for 2018-19

Advanced Projects for 2018-19

Important Dates

  • 15 Dec:   Descriptions of 2018 projects posted
  • 15 Feb:   Application deadline
  • 21 Mar:   Acceptance letters sent

Info About Application Process