The REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program was established by the National Science Foundation to encourage and fund student research opportunities in a wide variety of fields. Students work on individual projects and in close conjunction with both faculty advisors and other student researchers.
Our daily commute
This REU program focuses on understanding how high latitude glaciers, melt-water streams, and sedimentation in lakes and fjords respond to changing climate. Six undergraduate students will be selected each year beginning in the summer of 2004. Students will formulate their own research questions, develop their project, and complete their field research during a three-week program on Svalbard, in the Norwegian Arctic. After the completion of the summer program, students will travel back to the Geoscience Department at UMass-Amherst for one week where they will process samples and data, and present an interim report on their findings. They will then will complete their projects at their home institution during the following academic year with the help of a local advisor and REU mentors. A spring symposium will bring all participants back together again with their final results.
Elizabeth welcoming you to Svalbard!
Our funding has been renewed so we are accepting applications for the summer 2014 field season and following academic year.
Eligibility: Highly motivated sophomore and junior year undergraduate students who can successfully complete independent work and have a strong interest in climate studies and polar science are encouraged to apply! Preference will be given to students who have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the completion of their sophomore or junior year, and at least B grades in upper level geology, cognate science, and mathematical courses. Students under-represented in the earth sciences are particularly encouraged to apply.
Home Faculty support. Since you will be completing your research project at your home institution, a strong and enthusiastic commitment from a faculty advisor/mentor who will work with you after your summer on Svalbard is critical to your application package. Start talking to prospective faculty advisors now!
The town of NyÅlesund, the research base on Svalbard
Selected students will receive full financial support for travel to and fieldwork in Svalbard and a summer stipend. The National Science Foundation mandates that all participants of REU programs be United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Completed applications are due no later than January 15 for participation the following summer. For more information, see the Applications section of this Web site.
The 2014 field season will run for four weeks between approximately between July 6 and August 21, 2014.