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 successful applicants will have a minimum grade point average of 2.8


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 are now closed for the 2019 session. 

  • Offers Extended: March 1, 2019 (Date approximate)
  • Requested Accept/Decline: March 15, 2019
  • First date of program: May 28, 2019*
  • Last date of program: August 3, 2019*

* Modifications to these dates are possible for students whose institutions have academic term ending dates which make starting on May 28 impractical.

CONTACT: If you have questions regarding our program, please contact Dr. Frank Marsik (

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