REU at Climate & Space

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. 

*To those of you who applied to our PICASSO program, we thank you.
We received over 100 outstanding applications.

We have extended our initial offers to seven applicants, who have until March 15th to accept or decline these offers. Should any of these applicants decline our offer, we will extend additional offers until our cohort of seven students has been finalized. Once our cohort has been finalized, we will email all remaining applicants to inform them that our selection process has ended.

We appreciate your patience during this process.

  • 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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