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NSF REU Site: Program in Climate and Space Science Observation (PICASSO)

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Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

The University of Michigan Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering (CLASP) is currently seeking a highly motivated, diverse and inclusive cohort of undergraduate students to participate in its summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site program entitled: Program in Climate and Space Science Observation (PICASSO). This REU program is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

The program is open to students from any academic discipline who are interested in exploring a potential career in the STEM fields of meteorology, climate, and space sciences. Program participants will work closely with faculty, research staff, and graduate students to engage in research from a broad range of disciplines, including:


Climate science and adaptation planning

Atmosphere-biosphere interactions

Aerosols, and atmospheric chemistry, and air quality Space-based remote sensing Space-weather and planetary atmospheres.

As part of the PICASSO program, student participants will also engage in the following activities while on campus: (a) a mentored-guided research project, the goals of which will be designed with the participation of the students themselves, (b) peer-mentoring performed by the department?s graduate students/post docs, (c) a professional development seminar series held in collaboration with other summer programs within the University of Michigan, (d) community-building activities which will strengthen their relationships within the REU student cohort, and (e) an end-of-program poster fair in which students will present their works to CLASP Department faculty, students and staff.

Successful applicants will receive a $6000 stipend for participation in our ten week program. Additionally, the program typically covers travel to/from the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus, room and board while on campus, as well as travel to/from a professional meeting where students present the results of their work. If health concerns related to the Covid-19 pandemic persist into the Summer 2021, our program will be hosted virtually.
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Application Deadline: 1/31/2022

Program Dates: 5/23/2022 - 7/30/2022

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Michigan (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Atmospheric Sciences
Computational Sciences
Environmental Sciences

Air Quality
Atmospheric Chemistry
Atmospheric Physics
Climate Change
Space Sciences
Space Weather

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

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