Student Opportunity: Keck Geology Consortium

The Keck Geology Consortium has undergraduate research opportunities for approximately 51 undergraduate students in a wide variety of geological/environmental science sub-disciplines and locations.

Funding for this program comes from the NSF-REU program and the 18 member institutions. The Consortium is committed to accepting up to 30% non-Keck Member school students (15 slots).

Applicants should be current juniors (seniors in 2011-2012) and US citizens or permanent residents.  The program includes 4 weeks of summer research (field and/or lab work depending on the project), continuing research during the academic year (jointly advised by a project faculty member and a research advisor at the students home institution), attendance at the annual Keck Geology Consortium Symposium, and a publication in the annual Keck Geology Consortium proceedings volume.

Detailed information is available at:

The application deadline is February 4th, 2011. The application process is online.

Please address any questions to Dr. Robert J. Varga, Keck Geology Consortium Director (, or Blenda Long, Keck Geology Consortium Administrative Assistant (


NSF CCLI award to Trinity

Michelle Bushey, Benjamin Surpless and Candace Coyle have received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support the purchase of a handheld X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF) and an inductively coupled plasma – optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES).  This equipment will be used in a minimum of five chemistry, five geosciences, and one biology course, including The Chemistry of Art (CHEM 1305), Exploring Earth (GEOS 1407) and Plant Biology (BIOL 3427).

Student opportunity: Keck Geology Consortium (2/5/2010)

The Keck Geology Consortium will sponsor undergraduate research students in each of nine fieldsites for four weeks in the summer of 2010. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are rising seniors and who have declared a geology or geology-related major. Participants are expected to extend their Keck project into an independent study or senior thesis.  Students will receive stipends of $1,200 and help with travel expenses.

Trinity students interested in this opportunity should contact Dr. Gardner or Dr. Kroeger in the Geosciences department.

Student Opportunity: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Deadline 2/15/2010)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts offers summer undergraduate research fellowships in ocean sciences, oceanographic engineering, mathematics, or marine policy.  Fellowships include stipends of $468 per week for a ten- to twelve-week program.  Student fellowships and minority fellowships are available and have slightly different requirements.

Student Opportunity: Semester in Environmental Science (3/25/2010)

The Marine Biological Laboratory Ecosystems Center in Woods Hole (MA) is accepting applications for its 2010 Semester in Environmental Science. The curriculum provides an intensive field and laboratory-based introduction to ecosystem science and the biogeochemistry of coastal forests, freshwater ponds and estuaries.

Opportunity: Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program (Deadline 9/15/2009)

The Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program is a competitive peer-reviewed grant program created in 1987 by the 70th Texas Legislature. The purpose of the program is to encourage and provide support to faculty members and students in Texas institutions of higher education, both public and independent, to conduct basic research.

Brief pre-proposals are due September 15, with full proposals due in January.  Proposals MUST involve undergraduate researchers, who may be paid salary or wages.  Faculty salary is capped at $3,000 in summer compensation for the duration of the 24 month grant.  Interested faculty should create an account in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s online system.

Surpless receives Career Award

Dr. Kathleen Surpless of the Geosciences Department has been awarded a $402,985 grant from the National Science Foundation to support her project titled “Testing Models of Cretaceous Cordilleran Paleogeography: An Integrated Provenance Study of Four Basins.” The five-year grant is funded through the NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development Program, which supports professors who are likely to become academic leaders in the 21st century.

This grant was made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Press release 9/2009