Artic REU Greenland

Opportunity Description:


This NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is focused on developing skills in geologic mapping and field work in Precambrian rocks. Our work will integrate structural geology, metamorphic geology, and earthquake geodynamics in a remote, international setting.

The research goal is to better understand how earthquake ruptures propagate through bedrock in the deeper reaches of Earth's crust. To accomplish this, the REU students will map the distribution of pseudotachylyte – thin black veins that formed by frictional melting along faults during earthquakes. The faults are preserved in Archean, high-grade metamorphic rocks, and were probably active during early Proterozoic time at a depth of 10–15 km. They were later exhumed and uplifted to Earth's surface and are now well exposed in coastal outcrops in western Greenland.

Minimum Qualifications and/or Eligibility Requirements: 

Applicants should be undergraduates who preferably will have completed a course in mineralogy, petrology, or Earth materials. Coursework in structural geology and/or field geology or field methods is useful. NSF requires REU participants to be US citizens or permanent residents.

Participants should have a planned date of graduation no earlier than December, 2021. Because of the late start time in July, students completing a geology field camp early in the summer may be able to attend this REU.

Application Process: 

Our inclusive application form prompts you to discuss your interests, whether your GPA accurately reflects your academic ability, how any disabilities you may have could be accommodated, what kind of experience you may or may not have had with people from different cultures or social backgrounds, and what socioeconomic or other hardships you have have faced or overcome.

Application Deadline: 

Sunday, February 7, 2021
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