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Summer Research Experience

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).
The Summer Research Experience is for students who are completing their first (freshman) or second
(sophomore) year at Weber State University. Participants must not have completed more than 30
credits at Weber State. If you are over this limit and wish to do undergraduate research, please reach
out to faculty individually for opportunities. This is a program intended to provide opportunities to
students from groups historically underrepresented in the geosciences, and thus preference will be
given to underrepresented minorities in STEM focusing on Latinx and female students.
No prior research experience is required or expected for this program. You will receive all the required
training as part of the program.
Due to the COVID-19 circumstances, this will need to be canceled this year. We hope we will be able to pick it back up next year.
Timeline: The application deadline is February 28, 2020. You will be contacted by March 16 if you are
chosen for the program. There will be a mandatory meeting on April 6 to discuss the details of the summer research experience. The Summer Research Experience will run July 20-August 14. This is a paid research position, $500 for the month. Therefore, you are expected to participate in the program as though it is a full-time job, 9-5 pm M-F during that period. Work on evenings and weekends may be required in order to complete your research project.

2021 GETUP Summer Research Experience TBD


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GETUP Program Director

Elizabeth Balgord
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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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