Application Information

Application process updates

Hit "refresh" to see if there are any updates on our selection process. Each update is tagged with the date and listed below.

2/19/20: We are about to move into selection. Good luck, everyone!

2/14/20: I am back from a short trip and will be filing a LOT of reference letters and transcripts today! I will reach out one more time to anyone still missing pieces of their application, but understand the turnaround at this point for any last missing items will be very short so that we can move forward with selection.

2/11/20: I will try my best to get emails out to references and students today for sending reference letters and uploading transcripts.

2/10/20: The email you will receive for uploading your transcript and (optional) resume are sent by a person. Ditto the email to your references. Thus, there can be some delay.

2/10/20: The application closes tonight at a mintue before midnight central time!

2/7/20: The application deadline is coming up soon! The student's online part of the application is due by Monday night, February 10!! I will then reach out to students with a link to upload their transcript(s) and (optional) resume by Friday, February 14. References will also have until Friday, February 14 to submit their letters.

1/23/20: I may not be quite hitting the "within one week" mark for reaching out to applicants and references, but bear with me. Also, if you have any trouble with the application system please reach out! I will help you. My email and phone are at the bottom of this page.

1/24/20: I just received word that NSF is raising the stipends for summer 2020 to $600/week. That will translate to $6,000 total stipend for our 10-week program.



Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate degree, graduating no sooner than December 2020*, and be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents of the U.S.

*Students who are graduating from a 2-year degree program are eligible so long as they are moving to a 4-year degree program in the fall


Program details:

The 2020 program will run from May 26 - July 31*. Travel days are Monday, May 25, and Saturday, August 1.

We are gathering the project descriptions: Project Proposals for 2020. We will update that page as we receive the rest of the project proposals.

*Students at schools on quarter systems will be accommodated.




The application period is over.

About the 2020 Application:

It has 4 parts, one of which is optional.

  1. the application (link below, but read all this before clicking on it!)
  2. two references, preferably from professors in your major (or related) classes, who know you well
  3. your college/university transcripts
  4. (optional) a current resume

Applications were due by 11:59pm CT, February 10, 2020. The application period is now over.


Items to prepare ahead of time:

We strongly recommend that you prepare to write the essay questions by:

These are the essays you'll be asked to submit. Work on them ahead of time so that you can copy-paste your well-thought essays into the form. Be sure to read the FAQ section on essays.

*Note: Our partner organizations list has been built over the past 20-some years. In any one year the list is shorter, based on individual scientists' ability to mentor in that year.


Reference letters will be requested directly from references and transcripts will be directly requested from applicants via email. These are due by February 14, 2020.


Things to keep in mind:


Also of note: NSF funds many REUs, and you can apply to more than one. To find other programs, select one of the disciplinary areas (we're listed under Atmospheric Science) or search with keywords here: https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.jsp.

You may also find this table helpful in finding sites that meet certain criteria including latest start date, whether they can accommodate various disabilities, whether they are aimed at certain stages of school, etc.: https://www.envsci.northwestern.edu/undergraduate/nsf-reu.html. Click on "View the Directory." Note that it is a community-driven compilation of information about REU sites.

Here are a few programs that you would probably be interested in if you're interested in ours:

You can find all the Atmospheric and Geospace Science REUs listed here.


Please check the FAQ before writing or calling!

Program Contact: Dr. Daphne LaDue, dzaras@ou.edu or 405-325-1898.

All institutions of the National Weather Center and partner organizations are equal opportunity employers.