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 $6000 stipend. In addition, the following costs will be covered as part of our program:

  1. Costs associated with travel to/from Ann Arbor
  2. Room and board during the program
  3. Costs associated with the registration, room and board and travel for the student’s attendance at a professional conference (AMS, AGU, etc.)


  • Applications open: November 15, 2019
  • Applications close:  January 31, 2020
  • Offers Extended: March 1, 2020 (Date approximate)
  • Requested Accept/Decline: March 15, 2020
  • First date of program: May 26, 2020*
  • Last date of program: August 1, 2020*

* Modifications to these dates are possible for students whose institutions have academic term ending dates which make starting on May 26, 2020 impractical.


NOTE: Before you apply, please see the Application Checklist below. You will need the following documents in order to apply:  

  • Cover Letter
    Please introduce yourself, let us know what makes you tick, and let us know where you heard about our program.
  • Diversity Statement
    PICASSO values diversity in all of its forms. In 500 words or less, please let us know how you feel your participation in PICASSO will contribute to the creation of a diverse and vibrant cohort of students within our program.
  • Statement of Interest 
    In 500 words or less, please let us know what your interests are in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Additionally, please let us know how you think our program will help you to achieve your goals related to a STEM education/career.
  • Grade Transcript
    Since we are interested in learning more about your educational experiences, we require an unofficial copy of your grade transcript.
  • Contact Information of Reference Providers
    We require at least one letter of reference for your application to be considered, with two letters being preferred. One of these letters of reference should be from a faculty member or research advisor.
    All letters should be sent directly to the following email address by those who are providing the reference:
    For our records, please provide us with the names and contact information for the individuals who will provide letters of reference on your behalf.
  • Combine all of the above documents (cover letter, statement of interest, diversity statement, grade transcript, and reference contact information) into a single PDF document. This PDF document will be your application to the NSF PICASSO REU program. 
  • Send in your application!

Download a copy of the PICASSO Application Checklist here. 

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

SPECIAL NOTE:  For students attending colleges within Puerto Rico – We are aware that the recent earthquake has closed some universities, and some of you may be displaced, thus making it difficult to obtain application materials.
Please contact us at about your situation and we will do our best to support your application process.

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