Research Training in Paleoclimate: A summer field program for undergraduate students

Were the tropical mountains of Pangea glaciated 300 Million years ago? How did tropical climate evolve as earth transitioned to ice-free conditions after the Late Paleozoic Ice Age?

About 300 Million years ago, Earth was locked in an intense glaciation, the so-called “Late Paleozoic Ice Age.” The termination of that “icehouse” records Earth’s most recent example of a transition to an ice-free world. This research project focuses on detecting tropical climate conditions in the paleo-mountains of France during this key period of Earth history, and involves sedimentology of red bed and associated sediments from this time.

Join us at the University of Oklahoma for a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program where we will address these questions. Our program is open to current undergraduates in geoscience, and is particularly focused on recruiting undergraduates from under-represented groups. We especially encourage applications from students of Native American heritage, and from those who are first-generation college students.

2022 Program Dates  

• Application deadline: February 1, 2022
• Field season (in France): Currently evaluating COVID risk. Dates are TBD but will likely be 2-3 weeks in May-June of 2022

Program Information

Four undergraduate students will:
• Develop mentoring and advising relationships with faculty at the University of Oklahoma, and at their home institution to learn more about opportunities for advanced study and careers in the STEM disciplines;
• Receive a stipend of $500/week plus lodging, meal, and travel expenses;
• Be encouraged and mentored to present research at a scientific conference.