See the World with EAPS Faculty

Open to alumni and friends, the MIT Alumni Travel Program offers dozens of exciting trips each year to destinations all over the world led by MIT faculty. In just the last year EAPS professors led trips to Antarctica, Peru, the Galapagos, Iceland, Greece, South Africa, Tanzania, Brazil, and the Windward Islands. Below are some upcoming opportunities to join EAPS faculty and MIT alumni on some of their global adventures. If you have questions on any of our trips listed below, please call 800-992-6749 or email and we'll send you trip information once it becomes available; trips and dates are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit the MIT Alumni Association travel page:

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November 27-December 10 2021

Total Solar Eclipse: Antarctica
November 27- December 10, 2021

With MIT Professor of Planetary Sciences Richard Binzel

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Journey to Elephant Island, Brown Bluff, and Kinnes Cover on a 170-passenger ship. Lectures and discussions on board prepare us for the big event on December 4. The ship will maneuver to get us in the right spot and, for almost two minutes, a total solar eclipse will cast its shadow over Antarctica.

April 3-9, 2024

Total Solar Eclipse: Texas
April 3-9, 2024

With MIT Professor of Planetary Sciences Richard Binzel

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Explore Big Bend National Park and its stunning beauty and spend time for viewing the night sky. Then head to our lodge to enjoy lectures and time for equipment set-up. View the eclipse from the comfort of our accommodations, reserved exclusively for MIT. Eclipse length is over 4 minutes!

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Programs and dates subject to change - updated 12/9/2019

Travelers' Tales

Department head Rob van der Hilst climbs up a lava tube. Image courtesy: MIT Alumni Travel.

In January 2016, EAPS Head of Department Rob van der Hilst led a group of 20 MIT alumni on a “Geology in Motion” trip to Hawaii.  The trip took them to Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii, the Big Island. Highlights of the tour included visits to Waimea Canyon and National Wildlife Refuge at Kilauea Point, both on Kauai, to the top of Maui’s Haleakala volcano, and to the Volcanoes National Park (with the active eruption of Kilauea) and the volcano Hualalai on Hawaii. 

Rob van der Hilst and fellow travelers in the Volcanoes National Park, where the plume of the Kilauea eruption and Mauna Loa shield volcano in the background on the right. Image courtesy: MIT Alumni Travel.

Contemplating Climate Change at the Ends of the Earth - an interview with John Carlson about his January 2015 trip to Antarctica. Carlson's concerns about climate change prompted him to work with EAPS, in particular to support the Carlson Lecture, the Lorenz Center's annual public lecture series about climate change held each fall at the New England Aquarium. (Spectrum Magazine) more

Click on the above image to access this incredible photo journal from MIT alumni travel.

Learning from Antarctica Slice of MIT (January 2015 trip to Antarctica led by Susan Solomon)  MORE

For further information on giving opportunities or creating a named fund to benefit the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, please contact:

Megan Cokely
Senior Development Officer
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT

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