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Student Opportunities

A number of educational opportunities are available throughout Climate Change Institute.

Information on current scholarships, internships and fellowships including a brief description of each program; application deadline; contact name, are posted below:


Date updated: September, 2013

IGERT – Adaptation to Abrupt Climate Change (A2C2)

A2C2 seeks highly qualified and motivated students who are interested in becoming experts in a core academic discipline, while simultaneously pushing beyond conventional disciplinary boundaries to create new and innovative ways to address the complex human dimensions, challenges, and opportunities associated with abrupt climate change.

A2C2 traineeships are highly competitive, with accepted students receiving an annual stipend of $30,000 per year in each of the first 2 years, plus tuition, fees, and health insurance coverage.  Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to receive IGERT support, and must be seeking a Ph.D. degree.

To apply please consult the following web site:


Date updated: September, 2013

Keck Laser Ice Facility laboratory welcomes applications for a Ph.D. student research position, starting January 2014. The position is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Candidates should be self-motivated with a solid background in physics, mathematics, and chemistry and a working knowledge of equipment automation hardware and software, image processing methods and C, Java or Python programming languages. The ideal candidate would have a Master’s degree from a leading University by December 2013. 

The student will work on the development of a high resolution stable water isotope measuring module in the Climate Change Institute’s W. M. Keck Laser Ice Facility.

Please send a brief letter with your research interests, CV and three letters of references to Dr. Andrei V. Kurbatov and Dr. Paul A. Mayewski.

For additional information about teh project consult the following web site:



Date posted: September 2012

A research assistantship starting Spring of 2013 is available to work on a National Science Foundation supported collaborative project. The goal of this multi-disciplinary, multi-institution research project is to develop a publicly available Antarctic tephra (AntT) database of volcanic products for improving correlation capability and capacity in a variety of palaeoclimate records. We are looking for a candidate with a strong background in analytical geochemistry, volcanology, and advanced computer and communication skills. Research will focus on the development of a new state-of-the-art methodology for capturing geochemical fingerprints of micron size tephra particles using arrays of instruments: CAMECA SX-100 electron microprobe, Tescan Vega II scanning electron microscope, Thermo Scientific ELEMENT 2 ICP-MS coupled with a laser ablation sample introduction system.  Please send a brief letter with your research interests, CV and references to Dr. Andrei V. Kurbatov

For additional information about UM graduate school requirements please consult the following web site:


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