Keck Geology Consortium Undergraduate Research Projects

The Keck Geology Consortium projects involve a mix of field and laboratory research experiences that make meaningful scientific contributions in the areas of structural geology, paleontology and paleoecology, and paleoclimatology as well as igneous and metamorphic petrology, sedimentology and stratigraphy, and hydrogeology. Keck Geology Consortium research has resulted in more than 260 presentations at regional and national meetings, the vast majority with student co-authors, and more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals including a GSA Special paper (377).

Each year the Consortium funds between five and eight projects in locations ranging from California to Maine, and the Canadian Arctic to Australia. Each project has between 3 and 9 students and 1 to 3 faculty participants. The summer research is followed up by an independent research project at the student’s home institution, an extended abstract, and a presentation at the annual Keck Geology Consortium Undergraduate Research Symposium held at one of the Keck Geology Consortium member colleges.

Students are recruited from the 18 schools, and 30% will come from non-Consortium institutions.