Svalbard REU – one more summer opportunity for undergrad students!

Dear Colleagues,
We are seeking highly-qualified undergraduate students to participate in our NSF-sponsored Arctic research opportunity on Svalbard in July-August, 2013. Please announce this REU opportunity to Earth Science students currently in their junior year. More information can be found at
The Svalbard REU program this summer will run from approximately July 10 to August 10, 2013. It will consist of a field component in Svalbard, Norway and a lab component at Mt. Holyoke College, Massachusetts. The 2013 program will be operated in conjunction with the Keck Geology consortium which will support three students selected by the Keck Geology Consortium. We are looking for three top quality students to be supported by NSF-REU funding. Al Werner (Mt. Holyoke College) and Mike Retelle (Bates College) will lead the field excursion and will direct the lab component of the summer experience.
The research team will convene in Massachusetts for a few days of equipment organizing and background lectures and then travel as a group to Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Prior to heading to the field site we will spend a few days in town for safety training and orientation. We will then travel by small boat out to Isfjord Radio, a former weather station at Kapp Linné which we will use as a base of operations. After two weeks of field work, we will travel back to Longyearbyen and then back to Massachusetts where we will work with data and samples in the lab.

We require participants to undertake a project that will be continued as a senior thesis or independent study during the following academic year. There are numerous opportunities to present the theses as a group at professional meetings such as Geological Society of America and Annual Arctic Workshop.
Eligible candidates interested in this project should submit the following on-line application form, and provide the necessary faculty recommendations, letter of endorsement from faculty mentor, and transcripts. Complete applications are due no later than January 31, 2013. Applications received after this date will not be reviewed. Students are required to be sure advisors get letters in on time. Remember, the National Science Foundation requires all participants to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Our web site has all the details and application forms –

We encourage students to contact us with any questions!

Thank you,
Steve Roof – Hampshire College (sroof)
Mike Retelle – Bates College (mretelle)
Al Werner – Mount Holyoke College (awerner)

Steve Roof Co-Director, Svalbard REU Project (
Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Science
School of Natural Science
Hampshire College sroof
Amherst, MA 01002 (413) 559-5667; FAX (413) 559-5448