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In addition to the annual summer field courses, AfricaArray offers undergraduate students from minority-serving institutions other summer research opportunities as well as year-round activities.

Summer Research Opportunities
Students can gain valuable laboratory and professional experience by engaging in research projects with Penn State geosciences facultySupported by the Bushveld Intrusion - AfricaArray Research Experience for Undergraduates, students will pursue a research project of their own or join an on-going project, learning laboratory and/or modeling techniques and methods and using advanced instrumentation.

The five-week programme encourages one-on-one interaction with faculty and graduate students and also includes social networking and professional development activities. Students also explore the array of research opportunities for graduate study in the geosciences.

The summer experience concludes with a symposium which features student presentations.

How to Apply
Students interested in the REU Program at Penn State should submit a completed application and send an e-mail to Dr. Andy Nyblade ( Confirming your application to attend the program.

The REU program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Penn State.

Year-Round Activities
To sustain and build a community of undergraduate geoscientists, AfricaArray offers participants monthly interactive Web seminars on topics that range from research and technical presentations to graduate school admission procedures. Career development workshops also are offered.

Training and Research Opportunities
AfricaArray offers training and research opportunities to undergraduate students from underrepresented groups who have a genuine interest in pursuing a career in the geosciences. The research opportunities are merit based.

For information on the research opportunity program, contact Dr. Andy Nyblade (

Application for 2018