NSF Geopath Research

FGCU National Science Foundation GEOPATH Application

Geology research opportunity to work collaboratively under the mentorship of an FGCU Environmental Geology faculty member.

All applications are due by January 30, 2022.


Students in Geo labSelected students from the application process will participate in this National Science Foundation (NSF) funded experience beginning with field research in the summer of 2022 and culminating with a classroom-based research course in Fall 2022.  Student applicants will be paired with Environmental Geology mentor(s) based on research interests expressed in their applications.  The time commitment for the summer 2022 research experiences will be two weeks, and the start dates will be established during the early part of the spring 2022 semester.  Most likely the research experience will occur in May.

Potential projects students can choose from are:

  • Work on coastal geology of a barrier island in Southwest Florida.  This may include sea level rise effects on coastal geomorphology and past storm deposits.
  • Work on barrier island surface and subsurface hydrogeology including field methods to measure and monitor water level, field and laboratory methods examining water quality (e.g., saltwater intrusion, potential contaminants), and computational approaches to accessing and interpreting publicly available hydrological datasets.
  • Work on studying the mineralogy of calcite or other mineral samples to interpret their formation. This includes data collection using advanced instruments, field-based sample collecting, and synthesis of mineral data.  

Prior to the summer field experience, the selected students must attend two mandatory pre-trip meetings during the spring 2022 semester. Students must also register for the required follow-up course to be held in the Fall 2022 semester.  All tuition for the summer 2022 research course and the tuition for the required follow-up Fall 2022 course will be covered by NSF funding. Students selected for this NSF funded experience will also receive a modest stipend during the summer 2022.
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