Application Information


Summer 2022

Application information for summer 2022 will be posted by Christmas 2021. We hope to be able to return to an in-person program in summer 2022.

We will be continue to offer a remote option and hope this encourages caregivers, people with disabilities that make commuting or working in offices difficult, or non-local members of underrepresented groups who need to remain near family. Keep in mind that REU is a commitment of time like a full-time job (e.g., 40 hrs/week). We will work with you on how we schedule program activities and pair you with a mentor who can accommodate flexible hours and different U.S. time zones (within reason).



Applicants must be:

*Students who are graduating from a 2-year degree program are eligible to participate so long as they are enrolled in and will start the remaining portion of a 4-year degree in the fall after their summer participation.


Program details:

The 2022 program will run from May 23 - July 29*. If the program is in-person, travel days will be Sunday, May 22, and Saturday, July 30.

We will gather the project descriptions and put them online here: Project Proposals for 2022. Here is an example from 2021: Project Proposals for 2021

*Students at schools on quarter systems will be accommodated.




*the following information will be updated by Christmas 2021*
About the 2021 Application:

It has 3 parts.

  1. the application (link below, but read all of 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

Applications for 2022 will be due by mid-February.


Application 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.
  1. Impact You Wish to Have in Your Future Career: What interests or intrigues you most about the possibility of applying your background to career in weather or climate? [aim for about 250 words; the form will limit your answer to 2,000 characters]
    • Your answer might include the impact you wish to have on the science, yourself, your loved ones, or society in general.
  2. Impact of Participation on Your Career Goals: Why do you want to participate in a research internship at the National Weather Center and its partner organizations? [aim for about 250 words; the form will limit your answer to 2,000 characters]
    • Research experiences can be helpful for many types of careers. This essay should be personal to you. How would participating in this program help prepare you for the careers you are currently considering?
  3. Your Impact on Your Peers and the Scientific Community: The NWC REU aims to be an inclusive program dedicated to supporting and enhancing the diversity of future scientific communities. Please describe how you, based on your personal background and life experiences will contribute to this community during and after participation in this REU. [aim for about 250 words; the form will limit your answer to 2,000 characters]
    • Your experiences might include social, cultural, familial, educational, or other opportunities or challenges.
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.



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.

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 https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/list_result.jsp?unitid=10020.

NOAA has a long list of student opportunties here: https://www.noaa.gov/education/opportunities/student-opportunities


Please check the FAQ before writing or calling!

Program Contacts: Alex Marmo, amarmo@ou.edu and Dr. Daphne LaDue, dzaras@ou.edu

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