Arctic REU Greenland began as a series of undergraduate research trips at Concord University during alternate years from 2013-2019. These earlier expeditions were funded by an undergraduate research grant from the American Chemical Society, with a goal towards developing a larger-scale undergraduate research program. Since 2021, the research experience has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and marked the first of these larger-scale expeditions with eight students each year from institutions across the USA. In 2021, Greenland was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The cohort pivoted to a domestic REU with field work in Colorado and lab work at Montana State University, which was repeated in 2023. In 2022 students were able to travel to Greenland. New NSF funding is in place for Greenland travel for summer 2024, 2025, and 2026.
Previous participants were undergraduates at Concord University, Marshall University, Macalester College, SUNY Oneonta, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez, Washtenaw Community College, West Virginia University, Yale University, University of Alaska - Anchorage, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Florida, Louisiana State University, Bowdoin College, James Madison University, Wheaton College, and Piedmont Virginia Community College.
A view from the tundra
Morning in the field
In the settlement of Sarfannguit, population 96.
Camp at one of the field sites
Field mapping (and whale watching) on the coast
Demonstrating that rocks are definitely weak under tensional stress
Travel to the field area; students opt for Arctic sea spray, professor and guide opt for cabin
Drone's eye view of a field site. Granulite facies metamorphic rocks host pseudotachylyte-bearing faults.
Hi geologists. Got anymore of that Danish Tilsit cheese and rugbrød in here?
Another day, another layer of huge orthopyroxenes
Yellowstone field trip during COVID domestic REU
Lab research at Montana State during COVID domestic REU
2022 Sailing on Amerloq Fjord
2022 Cohort in Kangerlussuaq
2022 C-130 transport NY --> GL
2022 Midnight sun at Sarfannguit island camp
2022 Greenland ice sheet