Course dates: June 19–July 21, 2015
Download the course flier in PDF format.
The course application is available here. We appreciate receiving letters of reference electronically.
Deadline for applications is February 13, 2015.
Now entering it’s 12th year, the International GeoBiology Course is an intense, multidisciplinary summer course exploring the coevolution of the Earth and it's biosphere, with an emphasis on how microbial processes affect the environment and leave imprints on the rock record. Participants get hands-on experience in cutting-edge geobiological techniques including molecular biology, bioinformatics, geochemistry, petrology and sedimentology, and work in research groups to solve relevant questions.
GeoBiology 2015 is open to students and researchers at any level, although we give preference to graduate students in their early to mid years of study.
The course will be led by Frank Corsetti, a geobiologist at the University of Southern California and John Spear, a microbiologist at the Colorado School of Mines. More than a dozen other faculty researchers will help teach the four-week course.
Tuition, financial aid and travel arrangements
Tuition for GeoBiology 2015 is $4000 and covers all field trip expenses and room and board. We expect students to discuss this financial obligation with their advisors, home departments and/or institutions to secure funds that can be applied toward tuition.
Financial aid for GeoBiology 2015 is available based on need. We encourage applications for aid, and we assure applicants that an aid request will not influence our review of an application for the summer course.
Travel arrangements to and from GeoBiology 2015 are the responsibility of student participants.
For further information, please contact:
GeoBiology Course Coordinator, Ann Close
Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies
University of Southern California
3616 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, USA 90089-0371
phone: 213-740-6780, fax: 213-740-6720