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Paid Undergraduate Summer Research Program - REU in Atmospheric & Related Sciences with NEPARS

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A new REU site supported by the National Science Foundation brings together two primarily undergraduate institutions with atmospheric and related science programs [Hobart & William Smith Colleges (HWS) and Plymouth State University (PSU)]. The Northeast Partnership for Atmospheric & Related Sciences (NEPARS) REU expands research opportunities for a diverse population of undergraduate students early in their education.

Each year 12 undergraduate students will be selected to conduct research on a variety of topics in atmospheric and related sciences. Six REU students and three mentors will work at each research location (HWS & PSU) during the 9-week summer program with several full-group gatherings planned. Students will receive a summer salary of $4,680 ($520 per week), free housing (with kitchen facilities, full utilities, and internet), and reimbursement of travel costs to and from the REU.

REU students will conduct research related to mentor expertise to understand an array of atmospheric and physical processes, their predictability, interactions across temporal and spatial scales, and impact on society. Research will include studies in microclimate, mesoscale and synoptic meteorology, modern climate, and paleoclimate. Student researchers will work independently and in small groups during the summer research program, as well as have opportunities to collect field data on Seneca Lake, NY using the HWS research vessel and on Mt. Washington, NH in partnership with the Mt. Washington Observatory. Students will develop or enhance skills related to working with analytical software and large databases, statistical analysis techniques, and scientific writing and presentation. In most cases, students will have opportunities for funded travel to present their research results at upcoming regional or national scientific meetings, such as the AMS Annual Student Conference and AGU Annual Meeting.

The REU is partnering with the Mt. Washington Observatory and the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at SUNY Albany to offer interactions beneficial to student professional development. Additionally, REU student researchers will complete a series of leadership workshops led by the HWS Centennial Center and participate in an educational research project to explore the impact of a research experience on skills development.

Eligibility: Undergraduate students (First-year, Sophomore, and Junior) working toward a degree in meteorology, atmospheric science, geoscience, environmental science, geography, computer science, mathematics, physics or other related degree program are encouraged to apply. Prior research experience is not required.

Application Procedure: All student applicants are required to complete an on-line application form. The on-line application form can be found at along with information about the NEPARS REU. If additional questions, please contact Professor Neil Laird ( or Professor Jason Cordeira (

Application Deadline: 2/12/2018
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Program Dates: 6/11/2018 - 8/10/2018

Participating Institution(s):
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Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Lead)
Mount Washington Observatory
Plymouth State University
State University of New York (SUNY), Albany

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Applied Mathematics
Atmospheric Sciences
Computational Sciences
Environmental Sciences
STEM Fields

Applied Physics
Applied Statistics
Atmospheric Dynamics
Atmospheric Physics
Climate Variability
Computer Modeling
Hydrologic Cycles
Weather Extremes

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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