Research Experience for Undergraduates

San Francisco Peaks

Landscape evolution in a
monogenetic volcanic field

The Geology Program at Northern Arizona University, together with colleagues at the Museum of Northern Arizona ans Arizona State University, is pleased to offer a new Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in the beautiful San Francisco volcanic field. We invite applications for an 8-week program to study physical volcanology, hillslope evolution, paleomagnetism, and Quaternary dating methods, all with the goal of understanding the timing, styles, and hazards of volcanism in the San Francisco field.


The program will run from May 26 - July 18, 2014


We encourage students currently in their sophomore or junior years to apply.  One year of geology course work is required – this can include Physical and Historical Geology (preferred), a field methods course, a course with numerous field trips, geomorphology, etc.  A minimum 3.0 GPA (out of 4.0) is strongly preferred.  This REU is based in using very diverse methods to approach research, and each project has a different focus. Thus each mentor may have slightly different expectations regarding course work that you should have taken.  Preference will be given to students from colleges and universities where research possibilities are limited. Students from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Additional information

The program begins with a week's study of volcanoes and volcanic processes. In the second week, you will work closely with your faculty mentor to come up with a project that will keep you busy for the 8 weeks, and at the end of the second week you will complete a project prospectus that outlines the work you will do and your timeline. In the third through seventh weeks you will work alone, with your mentor, and with other participants in the program. Students doing hillslope-process projects will travel to Arizona State University. It's not all work! Flagstaff is close to innumerable fantastic places (the Grand Canyon, for example), and we have some great trips planned together with participants in other REU programs on campus. Week eight will bring everyone back to Flagstaff to prepare with your mentor for a final mock GSA meeting. Prepare for a summer of hard work, great science, and a lot of fun!

A stipend of $4400 ($550/wk) will be provided as well as lodging and Sunday evening dinners, and 3 hours of university credit.


The deadline for applications is February 15, 2014.

Geology Research Experience for Undergraduates

For more information please contact Nancy Riggs.

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Hillslope Studies
Soil Formation and Chronology

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