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.

5/6/20: I apologize for the long silence. There has been a lot going on. At one point REU directors were talking about possibly sharing students across programs. Now we're settling into final decisions about going forward with full or partial programs. Each REU program is making their own decision based on their circumstances. For ours, we lost a few mentors but we were still able to offer 10-11 projects and are moving forward with those. We looked into Laird & Metz's pair-research model and are trying that with one project this year. At this time we do not anticipate having any additional positions. We thank everyone for their interest and wish everyone the very best in their career and graduate school decisions. This is the last year of our current, 5-year grant, so on top of everything else, we will be putting together a proposal this summer to seek funding for summer 2021 onward. If you applied to our program and would like to at least benefit from some online seminars and/or career talks, please let us know. A contact email can be found at the bottom of this page.

4/2/20: We will be sending out notifications soon to those who were not selected. We apologize for the delay. We have been busy figuring out how to work with the COVID-19 situation.

3/4/20: We will start making calls today but will not finish today. We hope to make all of our initial offers by tomorrow afternoon.

3/2/20: Our selection committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, March 4. We will make offers that afternoon. Those receiving an offer have until March 15 to decide whether to accept. This is per NSF's Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Directorate (that is, any of the ones listed here: https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/list_result.jsp?unitid=10020. Any REU funded by that Directorate should provide you until March 15 to accept/decline. FYI!

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.