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.


The PICASSO REU program has submitted a proposal to the National Science Foundation for the purpose of renewing our program for the Summers of 2021 through 2023.  A decision from the National Science Foundation on renewal is not expected until the Spring of 2021.

If our renewal proposal is successfully funded, we plan on offering a full program during the Summer of 2021.  As such, we WILL be accepting proposals for a Summer 2021 PICASSO REU program on December 1, 2020.  We will not extend offers until the National Science Foundation has made a decision on whether or not to fund our renewal proposal.

  • Application period begins: December 1, 2020
  • Application period ends: February 28, 2021
  • Offers extended: March 1, 2021*
  • Accept/decline deadline: March 15, 2021*
  • First date of program: May 25, 2021**
  • Last date of program: July 31, 2021**

*NOTE:  These dates pertain if the PICASSO REU program is successfully renewed.

** Modifications to these dates are possible for students whose institutions have academic term ending dates which make starting on May 25, 2021 impractical.

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