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Interested in Applying?

The Geoscience REsearch At the Cordillera Talamanca (GREAT) Project is open to first-years, sophomores and juniors at Rutgers University. Applications will open in late September.

The GREAT Project is an 18-Month Commitment. Selected participants will be required to attend preliminary training and workshops to prepare for their trip abroad.

Spring Semester 2020:

Participation in a preparatory seminar that will provide necessary background for the research topics and introduce basic methods or research and types of data to be used.

Summer 2020:

5-week long paid research internship with Costa Rican institutions (UCR or ICE). Students will reside in San Jose, CR and be matched with one of three research groups. A large fraction of the time in CR will be spent doing fieldwork, collecting new data for a range of studies (seismological, gravity, land surface), with the remainder devoted to organizing and performing first-order analysis of data. At the end of their internship each student will formulate a specific research project that will be the subject of their continued work in the subsequent academic year.

Fall Semester 2020:

Students join the Aresty Research Assistant program, and spend two semesters working on their research projects, with remote guidance from their CR mentors, and with help and supervision from Professors Vadim Levin and Charles Keeton.

Winter Break 2020-2021:

Dr. Levin and students travel to CR during the Winter Break, present results of their research to their CR mentors, and carry out additional field work required by the seismological data collection effort.


Spring Semester 2021:

Students finalize results of their research efforts and present them at the Aresty Undergraduate Research Symposium in April. Additional venues for presentation of results (such as national meetings of professional societies such as the American Geophysical Union) will be explored depending on the quality of results and the level of student’s interest.

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