Participants will spend 8 summer weeks at Penn State University Park campus. Each participant will have their own individual research project and mentor, and will participate in weekly group discussions, readings, and activities. Participants will be provided with on-campus housing, a meal plan, and stipend of $600 / week, as well as travel to and from University Park, PA. The Summer 2022 program will run June 6 – July 29. By the end of the 8 weeks you will have gained experience conducting independent research, produced a research poster presentation and abstract, interacted with other students and researchers, and learned about how geoscience research helps meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/).
Potential Research Topics
- Critical Mineral Resources in Pennsylvania
- Hydrocarbon Resource Extraction and Impacts on Water Resources in PA
- Heavy Metals and VOCs in Urban and Suburban Environments
- Fault Mapping in the Appalachian Basin Using Seismic Reflection Data
- Sedimentological Controls on Subsurface Fluid Flow
- Geomorphic Change in Sedimentary Basins in Africa
- Remediation of Phosphate Pollution in Carbonate Aquifers
Is the GeoPEERS REU for me?
If you are an undergraduate student at a US college or university in geosciences or any STEM field, and you are considering a future career in geosciences or related energy / environmental science fields, this REU is for you. We are here to support students from a wide variety of backgrounds, lifestyles, and perspectives, which means there is no one “ideal” candidate. We want everyone to feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to GeoPEERS. If you have special needs or circumstances, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We will make every effort to accommodate your needs.
What we expect from you: We expect you to be fully present and engaged, to participate in research and complementary activities (accommodations will be made as needed), to treat your fellow participants and mentoring team with respect, and to communicate your needs and concerns.
What you can expect from us: You can expect us to support you academically and personally, to treat all participants fairly and equitably, to foster a safe and inclusive work environment, to accommodate your needs and respond to your concerns.