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Climate Science - Research Experiences for Undergraduates

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Penn State Climate Science REU Summer research positions are available in the area of climate science as part of a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science.

These positions are for ten weeks, 40 hours per week, and are suitable for undergraduates from a variety of majors, including atmospheric science, chemistry, ecology, engineering, geology, mathematics, oceanography, and physics. Mentors for the program are drawn from five departments and three colleges.

The climate system involves highly complex interactions among the atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere; unraveling the mechanisms that control the Earth's climate is one of the most intellectually challenging scientific problems of the day. Students will gain first-hand knowledge of the climate system and mechanisms that influence it through research that may involve fieldwork, laboratory experiments, numerical modeling, and data analysis. Potential research topics include floods and droughts; regional and global climate change; terrestrial, wetland, and marine carbon cycling; tropical cyclones, atmospheric waves, and storm tracks; weather and climate risk; storm surge; atmospheric aerosols; and paleoclimate reconstruction. Students will learn how to communicate research results through report writing and a final presentation. Unique aspects of this REU program include opportunities to create a short video highlighting one's own research and presenting research findings at a national scientific conference. Underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The stipend is $6000 for the full REU.

Participating Institution(s):
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Pennsylvania State University (Lead)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aquatic & Fisheries Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Marine Sciences & Oceanography
STEM Fields

Atmospheric Dynamics
Atmospheric Ozone
Climate Modeling
Human-Environment Interactions
Ocean Models
Ocean Science

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

Page last updated 3/22/2023
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