We are not quite ready to post the full application for summer 2019, but you can start preparing for the essay questions at any time. To help you with that,
take a look at our new video (above),
look over past year's projects (e.g., go to each past year and click on either "Students & Mentors" or "Projects": 2018, 2017, 2016, etc.) to get a sense of the range of research topics and how much you'd learn over the summer,
and click around through the web sites of our partner organizations to help you figure out what interests you the most.
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 it’s partner organizations benefit your career 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 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.
Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or green card holders, and must be pursuing an undergraduate degree through the summer that you would participate.
Important to Note!
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.
Wait until your fall grades have posted before getting a copy of your transcript for this application.
A final 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
The 2019 program will *probably* run from May 20 - 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 you have a private, locking bedroom in 4bed/2bath apartments.