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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:

- Meteorology

- Climate science and adaptation planning

- 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 $7000 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.


1. Typically, NSF REU site programs such as ours are funded on three year cycles. This past Fall, our program submitted a renewal proposal to the National Science Foundation and we anticipate that we will receive a decision during the coming Spring. At this time, we are planning to accept applications for a potential Summer offering, should we be fortunate enough to have our renewal proposal approved for funding. Offers to participate in our program will only be extended if, and when, we are notified that our renewal proposal has been funded. Thank you for your understanding and patience. While we certainly hope to be renewed, we appreciate that there are many excellent programs seeking funding at this same time.

 • Note: Funding pending
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
STEM Fields

Air Quality
Atmospheric Chemistry
Atmospheric Physics
Climate Physics
Climate Variability
Glacier Modeling
Space Sciences
Space Weather

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

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