Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Summer Internship

The Lamont-Doherty Summer Intern Program offers the chance to experience scientific research as an undergraduate.

Lamont Summer Intern Program

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Summer Internship Program for Undergraduates

2015 program dates: May 28th - August 4th, 2015

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation Ocean and Earth Sciences REU Sites Program

Theme: Analyzing Global Databases

The Lamont-Doherty Summer Intern Program offers the chance to experience scientific research as an undergraduate. The program is open to US citizens or permanent residents who have completed their junior or sophomore year in college with majors in earth science, environmental science, chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, or engineering. Neither graduating seniors nor international students are eligible for this internship. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have an interest in conducting research in Earth, polar, atmospheric or ocean sciences. Two previous Earth, atmospheric or ocean-science courses are desirable if they are available to the student. All students are required to have at least one year of calculus. Students choosing research in geochemistry are required to have at least two semesters of college-level chemistry. Students choosing research in marine biology are required to have at least two semesters of college-level biology. Students choosing research in geophysics or atmospheric science should have at least three semesters of college-level physics. Students choosing research in Earth science should have at least two Earth science courses.

The Marine Geoscience Data System group at Lamont provides a freely available tool called GeoMapApp that allows the exploration and visualization of global data sets ( With GeoMapApp, users can create custom maps and grids, import their own data sets and grids, and explore and visualize a wide range of global data sets. These include a multi-resolutional digital elevation model of the oceans and continents; plate tectonic information; undersea feature names; shipboard topography, gravity and magnetics data; earthquake catalogues; deep sea core data; Alvin submersible photos around hydrothermal vents; rock sample geochemistry; satellite-derived gravity and geoid grids; seismic reflection profiles, tree ring data and more. GeoMapApp is written in Java and works on any type of computer. All interns will be instructed in the use of GeoMapApp during the second week of the intern program. Interns will be encouraged to use GeoMapApp during their research projects, as well as after they have returned to their undergraduate institutions. However, both the student and the supervisor will design the research program, and therefore individual projects may contain variable amounts of data collection and data analysis.

The program features:

  • A hands-on research project under the supervision of a Columbia-affiliated scientist;
  • special lectures, workshops and fieldtrips;
  • free housing in an air-conditioned Columbia dormitory;
  • and a 10-week stipend of $5000.

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Lamont Summer Intern Program 2015