International Volcanology Field School
UAF’s Department of Geology and Geophysics offers a two-week field class in volcanology in cooperation with the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (IVS) and Kamchatka Branch of Geophysical Survey (KBGS) in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia. The course is offered every summer both in Katmai National Park, Alaska, site of the largest eruption on Earth of the 20th century and on one of active volcanoes of Kamchatka, e.g. Mutnovsky and Gorely, Tolbachik, and Karymsky. Students explore and discuss the full range of phenomena that constitutes volcanoes, using some of the best examples in the world. The course is co-taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level by Pavel Izbekov of UAF, with assistance by Taryn Lopez for larger classes, as well as by guest scientists from Russia, the US, and Japan. Students come from across the US, Russia, Europe, Japan and occasionally from other countries.
Dates for 2019
June 2 - 15
Field trip to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, Katmai National Park, Alaska
August 12 - 26
Field trip to Mutnovsky and Gorely Volcanoes, Kamchatka
Applications are accepted on a continual basis until all vacancies are filled
- Summer 2019 Information (PDF)
- GEOS_495_Syllabus-Kamchatka (PDF)
- GEOS_495_Syllabus-Katmai (PDF)
- GEOS_695_Syllabus-Kamchatka (PDF)
- GEOS_695_Syllabus-Katmai (PDF)
- GEOS_495_695 Course Description-Kamchatka (PDF)
- GEOS_495_695 Course Description-Katmai (PDF)
- Summer 2019 Application (WORD)
- AVO Ambassador Application (PDF)
ALASKA VOLCANO OBSERVATORY AMBASSADOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION 2019
Through support of the National Science Foundation and in cooperation with the Alaska Volcano Observatory, we are pleased to announce the availability of a scholarship to cover the course fees, tuition, meals* lodging and travel expenses for one Alaskan resident living within 100 miles of an active volcano to attend the UAF Katmai International Volcanological Field School to be held in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, June 2-15, 2019. This scholarship is designed to encourage communication between Alaskan residents living near active volcanoes and the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO). In exchange for the award, the scholarship recipient will be required to: (1) give a public lecture in their home community on what he/she learned about volcanoes and volcano monitoring following participation in the field school, and (2) agree to contact AVO staff with any local observations of volcanic activity he/she observes for a minimum of one year following their field school participation. In addition to being an Alaskan resident living within 100 miles of an active Alaskan volcano, scholarship recipients must be at least 18 years of age, and must apply to, and be accepted to the field school. Preference will be given to residents of rural Alaskan communities and Alaska Natives. *Note: all meals will be provided except for the two days that participants spend in Anchorage.
NOTES ON FIELD SCHOOL COSTS AND REGISTRATION
- Applications for the field trips will be reviewed promptly. Students will be notified about their acceptance within a week after their applications are received.
- Accepted students will be authorized to register for Katmai and Kamchatka trips through UAF Summer Sessions website. Since travel arrangements require significant financial commitments from organizers, we request a non-refundable deposit of $250 to reserve a space at the time of registration. The remaining portion of the payment should be received by Summer Sessions no later than 2 weeks before the trip.
- Estimated costs of the Katmai trip are $3038 and $3765, for 495 and 695 levels correspondingly. This includes UAF tuition and fees, non-refundable deposit, transportation from Anchorage to Katmai National Park, lodging, insurance, and most food during the field trip. Students are responsible for arranging their travel so as to arrive in Anchorage on June 2 and depart Anchorage for home on June 15.
- Estimated costs of the Kamchatka trip are $2081 and $2808, for 495 and 695 levels correspondingly. This includes UAF tuition and fees, non-refundable deposit, transportation while in Kamchatka, lodging, insurance, and most food during the field trip. Students are responsible for arranging their travel so as to arrive in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia on August 12 and depart Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky for home on August 26.