iSci Opportunities

An Icelandic Trip

Field Camp Dates: April 30th - May 9th, 2018

Iceland (the ‘land of ice and fire’) is the scene of some very active geology where the North American and European plates are separating (‘sea floor spreading’) along the North Atlantic Mid-Ocean Ridge (MOR). On this trip, students are guided by Kristinn Guðjónsson who knows the geology, ecology and people of Iceland extremely well (seemingly being related to everyone there). We will visit the west central and southern part of the island paying particular attention to the plate boundary along the MOR where it comes up on land, the central rift valley of the MOR at Thingvellir, recently active volcanoes such as Eyjafjallajökull and enormous lava flows (the largest anywhere in the world in the last 10,000 years), ‘dormant’ but potentially devastating volcanoes such as Katla, Europe’s largest ice cap (Vatnajökull), large glacial lakes, hot springs and geysers. It is likely we will go for one day to the Vestmannaeyjar Islands. We will visit biologically-unique environments and sites for geothermal energy generation and research. 

Information Session: Wednesday November 15, 2017, 5:30 pm Psychology Building Room 155

Iceland 2018 Application


The Inaugural Grand Venture

The transition to university can be both exciting and frightening. First-year students experience several changes when they arrive to campus, and often have many questions that arise after classes start. The experience was developed as an  opportunity for the  newest generation of the iSci family to get to  know each other in a setting outside of the classroom and to ease  some of the stress associated with the transition to university life.


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