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.


REQUIREMENTS:

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


COMPENSATION: 

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.).

 

IMPORTANT DATES: 

  • 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


APPLY TO THE PROGRAM:

NOTE: Before you apply, please see the Application Checklist below. You will need the following documents in order to apply:  

  • Cover Letter
    Please introduce yourself, let us know what makes you tick, and let us know where you heard about our program.
  • Statement of Interest 
    In 500 words or less, please let us know what your interests are in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Additionally, please let us know how you think our program will help you to achieve your goals related to a STEM education/career.
  • Grade Transcript
    Since we are interested in learning more about your educational experiences, we require an unofficial copy of your grade transcript.
  • Contact Information of Reference Providers
    We require one letter of reference for your application to be considered. It is preferred that the letter be from a faculty member or a research mentor, if at all possible. Please provide us with the name(s) and contact information for the individual(s) who will provide a letter of reference on your behalf. Letters of reference should be sent directly to the following email address by those who are providing the reference: clasp-reu@umich.edu.
  • Combine all of the above documents (cover letter, statement of interest, grade transcript, and reference contact information) into a single PDF document.
    This PDF document will be your application to the NSF PICASSO REU program. 
  • Send in your application!
    Email your PDF to: clasp-reu@umich.edu, using the subject line: “2018 PICASSO REU Application”, by the application deadline: January 31, 2018.

Download a copy of the PICASSO Application Checklist here. 


CONTACT: 
If you have questions regarding our program, please contact Frank Marsik (marsik@umich.edu) or Tonya Thompson (tyb@umich.edu).

 

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.