Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

NSF REU Program In Climate and Space Science Observation (PICASSO)

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
  • 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:

  1. A mentored-guided research project, the goals of which will be designed with the participation of the students themselves,
  2. Peer-mentoring performed by the department’s graduate/undergraduate students,
  3. A professional development seminar series held in collaboration with other summer programs within the University of Michigan,
  4. Community-building activities which will strengthen their relationships within the REU student cohort, as well as with other undergraduate groups within the university 
  5. An end-of-program poster fair in which students will present their works to CLASP Department faculty and students.


To be eligible for this research opportunity you must be:

  • A US citizen, US national, or  US permanent resident
  • Enrolled as an undergraduate in a degree program leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree
  • Most accepted applicants will have a minimum grade point average of 2.8
    Non-US students and graduating seniors are not eligible for this program


Participating students will receive a $5000 stipend. In addition, the following costs will be covered as part of our program: (1) the costs associated with travel to/from Ann Arbor, (2) room and board during the program, and (3) costs associated with the registration, room and board and travel for the student’s attendance at a professional conference (AMS, AGU, etc.).



  • Applications open: November 1, 2017
  • Applications close: January 31, 2018
  • Acceptance notification: March 1, 2018
  • First Day of REU Program: May 28, 2018
  • Last Day of REU Program: August 3, 2018

Application link will be available on this page November 1st, 2017. 

If you have questions regarding our program, please contact Frank Marsik ( or Tonya Thompson (


Exciting research happens everyday at the University of Michigan Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering. Be a part of it by earning an undergraduate degree in Climate and Meteorology or in Space Sciences and Engineering. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to analyze spacecraft data, forecast weather, understand the atmosphere through computer modeling and more. Learn more about the undergraduate curriculum by visiting the Undergraduate Studies page.

For undergraduates interested in research experiences, learn about the U-M-SANSA International Research Experience for Students. There are also other undergraduate research opportunities throughout the university and beyond.