For summer 2021 we are looking at the following possibilities: 1) to fund at least one or two students with funds we have not been able to spend on the 2020 cohort due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, 2) to hold a full program with new funding (if received; we should know by mid-winter). In either case, we are prepared to run our program completely online or in a hybrid format (participants given the option to participate virtually), depending on how the COVID-19 pandemic progresses. We intend to retain a hybrid option going forward to enable students who cannot or do not wish to relocate for the summer to participate.
Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate degree, graduating no sooner than December 2021*, 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 after their summer participation.
The 2021 program will run from May 24 - July 31*. Travel days are Sunday, May 23, and Friday, July 30.
You receive a stipend: $6,000. These funds are distributed at the end of May, June, July, in proporation to how many weeks of the program occurred in that month. These funds are considered a scholarship / fellowship and could be taxable, depending on your overall tax situation.
You also receive some subsistence: $600. This helps with food costs in first month.
Travel to/from Norman: up to $600.
National Conference Travel: up to $1,500.
We provide housing: in modern, furnished campus apartments, usually Traditions Square. In that complex each student has a private, locking bedroom and their own sink in 4bed/2bath apartments. Other housing options are available when needed. Costs for certain situations could fall to the participant, such as costs related to housing for family members, because that is outside the scope of our funding.
We will gather the project descriptions and put them online.
*Students at schools on quarter systems will be accommodated.
What follow is from 2020... the 2021 application will likely be similar. Stay tuned for updates!
About the 2020 Application:
It has 4 parts, one of which is optional.
the application (link below, but read all this before clicking on it!)
two references, preferably from professors in your major (or related) classes, who know you well
your college/university transcripts
a current resume
Applications were due by 11:59pm CT, February 10, 2020. **to be updated for 2021**
Items to prepare ahead of time:
calcluate your in-major GPA
identify your references, ask them if they are willing to write for you, and have their name, title, and work email address handy
We strongly recommend that you prepare to write the essay questions by:
taking a look at our new video (above),
looking over past year's projects to get an idea of the range of research projects and how much you'd learn over the summer (e.g., go to each past year and click on either "Students & Mentors" or "Projects": 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, etc.)
note that NONE of the projects involve storm chasing,
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.
1. What have you done to explore weather or climate outside the requirements of your major? [aim for about 150 words; form will limit you to 2,000 characters]
These activities or actions could be from before you started college, or extra things you're doing while in college. This essay allows non-meteorology majors to show their interest in meteorology- or climate- or radar engineering-related fields, and allows meteorology/atmospheric science majors reveal ways in which their major is personally meaningful to them.
2. What careers are you currently considering? [aim for about 250 words; form will limit you to 2,000 characters]
Please tell us about how your experiences in life so far have led you to the careers you are currently considering pursuing.
3. Why do you want to participate in a research internship? [aim for about 250 words; form will limit you to 2,000 characters]
This should be a personal statement explaining why you would like to try doing research.
*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:
NSF requests that REU sites select at least half of their participants from schools where research opportunities are limited, and that includes 2-year colleges.
University, college, and community college students interested in a weather-related research career are encouraged to apply.
Aspiring science teachers are encouraged to apply.
Applications from women and minorities are particularly encouraged.
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:
While nominally in ocean sciences, this REU has a few mentors at the Naval Postgraduate School, like Dr. Wendell Nuss, Dr. Tom Murphree and Dr. Haflidi Jonsson, who mentor students interested in atmospheric sciences. See: https://csumb.edu/reu/mentors-and-projects for more information on their research areas.