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 (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) 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 students/postdoctoral fellows
  3. A professional development seminar series provided by faculty and staff from across the University of Michigan
  4. Community-building activities which will strengthen their relationships within the REU student cohort, including opportunities for community service
  5. An end-of-program poster fair in which students will present their works to CLASP Department faculty, student and staff

*Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent legal resident


We are pleased to announce that the Program in Climate and Space Science Observation (PICASSO) at the University of Michigan has been recommended for renewal by the National Science Foundation. We look forward to hosting our next cohort of participants for our ten week program during the Summer of 2025. Please return to this site for future updates on application information for the Summer 2025 program.

If you have questions regarding our program, please contact Dr. Frank Marsik ([email protected]).

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