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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible?

See eligibility requirements. If you are not sure, feel free to ask or just apply anyway and explain your situation! We want to encourage as many students from diverse backgrounds to apply as possible!

Do I need to be an Earth and Environmental Sciences major? Or a STEM major?

No. Students with any major or no major at all may apply to the program. Very few people start college with the intention of being an Earth and Environmental Sciences major (hardly anyone knows it is an option!). We want to reach people who find the geosciences field interesting and are willing to spend the time to learn more about them regardless of major.


When are the Summer Bridge dates?

You are welcome to submit applications any time after March 15th, 2021. The application is open until all spots are filled. You will be contacted if you are chosen for the program. Your teachers will be reaching out to you via email with more information once you are accepted into the program. Summer Bridge will run from Monday, Aug 8 to Friday, Aug 19, 2022.


Do I need to be available for the entire Sumer Bridge dates?

Yes, Summer Bridge participants need to be available for the entire time. If you are interested in participating in our program, but these dates don’t work for you, please contact Liz Balgord (

Are there jobs in Geosciences?

YES! One of the important aspects of GETUP is to introduce you to real-life geoscientists. See more information on the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences career page.

Is there are a cost to participate in the Summer Bridge?

No! Participants will be paid a $300 stipend for their participation in the summer program, and food and travel expenses during field
trips are covered. Students will need to find their own transportation to/from the WSU campus. 


Do I need my own camping gear to participate in the Summer Bridge field trips?

No. We have high-quality tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads that you can use at no cost. We want you well rested for our fun and exciting days at Yellowstone National Park.

Will there be a summer research program in the summer of 2022?

Yes! The Summer Research Program is designed to give early (first- or second-year) undergraduates experience with Earth and Environmental Science Research. Students will go on field trips to the Great Salt Lake, do field sampling, and conduct lab measurements. The research focuses on the Great Salt Lake ecosystem, using the lake as a living laboratory that students will visit, measure, and sample, and performing laboratory measurements and experiments. Students will also make use of a field observatory at Antelope Island State Park that will provide real-time geochemical data from the lake that students will analyze. Students will get to use advanced microscopy facilities, including confocal microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Students will also get experience with geospatial techniques to characterize sampling sites (GPS, Google Earth and other imagery, GIS).

Is there a cost to participate in the Summer Research Experience?

No! Participants will be paid a $500 stipend for their participation in the summer program. All students will need to find their own transportation to/from the WSU campus. Lunches will be provided.

Who do I talk to if I have questions?

Please reach out to the program director, Elizabeth Balgord with questions or concerns.


Start Your CE Application                        Apply to the 2022 Summer Bridge Program                        Apply to the Summer Research Experience

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GETUP Program Director

Elizabeth Balgord
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 (NSF EAR 1801760 )

Mailing address

Weber State University
College of Science
1415 Edvalson St., Dept. 2507
Ogden, UT 84408-2507

Building location

Tracy Hall Science Center (TY 338)

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