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 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


Our status remains unchanged from the last update of 03/01/21.
NSF REU sites are typically funded on three-year cycles.  This past fall, the University of Michigan applied for the renewal of our PICASSO REU program, with the intention of offering our program for the next three summers (2021-2023).  We were recently notified by the NSF program officer that our proposal has been recommended for funding and that the award is being processed administratively.  The processing of these awards can take several weeks.  While it is our plan to offer a program this summer, we are unable to extend official offers for this summer’s program until the official award notification has arrived at the University of Michigan.  We know that many of our applicants have likely applied to multiple programs. 

While we appreciate that many REU programs follow a schedule requiring utilizing an accept/decline deadline of March 15th, at this time, there is no guarantee that we will be able to extend official offers prior to that date. 

Once offers are extended, our program schedule will be as follows:

  • First date of program: May 24, 2021*
  • Last date of program: July 30, 2021*

* Adjustments to these dates are possible for those students whose academic terms do not make the listed start/end dates practical.

As of this date, we are still awaiting confirmation from the University Provost’s Office as to whether in-person summer programs will be allowed on our campus, or if our program will be required to be held virtually.  If we are required to hold our program virtually this summer, some of the funds which had been earmarked previously for travel and on-campus housing will be provided to participants to support their remote participation in the program.

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