We will have a program during the summer of 2020. Watch this space in the December timeframe for new application information! Last year's Program Flyer is here.
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.
10/18/19: We aim to post the 2020 application in December. We'll update all the information on this page then. For now, it is all from 2019!
The 2019 program will run from May 20 - July 30 (travel days are Sunday, May 19, and Wednesday, July 31.
You receive a stipend: $5,000. 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: $500. 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 in 4bed/2bath apartments. Additional 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 are gathering the project descriptions: Project Proposals for 2019. We will update that page as we receive the rest of the project proposals.
The 2019 application is now online!
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 your advisor and professors in your major (or related) classes, who know you well
your college/university transcripts
(optional) a current resume
Applications are due by 5pm CT, February 18, 2019
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": 2018, 2017, 2016, etc.)
These actions will help you write personal essays about why you would like to be part of our program. These are the essays you'll be asked to submit:
1. What have you done to explore weather or climate outside the requirements of your major? [aim for about 150 words]
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. Why would conducting research at the National Weather Center and its partner organizations benefit your career/educational growth? [aim for about 150 words]
We already know why undergraduate research experiences are beneficial to undergraduate students in general, so what this needs to be is a personal statement explaining how you think this experience would impact your career/educational growth. How would you grow from where you are now (e.g., current skills)? And why do you want to do a research internship, and why here? That's a lot of ground to cover in 150 words, so have others help you edit your essay until it does a good job of of expressing your thinking.
*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.
When you have all the above prepared and ready to go, and have at least 20-30 minutes to work on this (even with your answers prepared it will take some time to enter all your information), ---the application period for 2019 has closed ---
Reference letters will be requested directly from references, and transcripts will be directly requested from applicants, within 7 days of receiving a complete application.
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 career by pursuing a bachelors degree in science, math, computer science, or, in our case social science, are encouraged to apply.
Aspiring science teachers are also 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
Here are a few programs that you would probably be interested in if you're interested in ours:
REU at Monterey Bay / California State University, (check to see if they have a 2020 program): https://csumb.edu/reu
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.
You can find all the Atmospheric and Geospace Science REUs listed here.