January 16, 2017:
On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day I encourage you to use your heart to listen to his historic "I Have a Dream" speech.
January 3, 2017:
Hard to believe it is already 2017! The application was posted before Christmas, and I will begin ramping up for the summer soon. One of my first tasks is querying for mentors and starting to fill in a web page with a list of projects. We have many organizations and a couple of hundred scientists that could potentially be mentors (see the home page for links), so be sure to articulate your interests in your application.
Advice: Be somewhat specific in your essays to the aspects of meteorology that interest you, but be sure to show flexibility (e.g., I won't be sending anyone tornado chasing—that's way too specific). Because we, like all REUs, seek the majority of our students from smaller schools, we don't expect you to know much about what research is like. So instead, it is a good idea to express what it is about the nature of your coursework that you enjoy. We do expect you'll have some sense of what you enjoy doing (e.g., working with computers, coding, math, understanding physical processes or human behavior, etc.), and we need to know that.
September 28, 2016:
I have received our funding for next summer! I will post our application by Thanksgiving. The dates of the summer 2017 program will be May 22 - July 28.
April 4, 2016:
I just heard about a fantastic resource for writing your CV (academic version of a resume) for job hunting: http://www.careers.ox.ac.uk/cvs/
October 30, 2015:
We've got an REUnion coming up! If you haven't received your invite, please send an email to me: dzaras at ou.edu.
Check out all the alumni we have now... it is an impressive bunch! Over 200 total. If you know the status of anyone marked unknown, please let me know!
We are now completing our last year of the current funding and I have submitted a renewal proposal to continue this program. That means that I will not know if we will have a 2016 program for a few months. I'll go ahead and post the 2016 application by Thanksgiving. We will probably know our funding status for 2016 before the mid-February application deadline.
March 17, 2015:
The 2015 program slots are now filled. Thanks to everyone who applied! Remember, any REU will help you decide if a research career is for you, so if your heart was set on an REU reach out to the programs and find out if any have late deadlines and/or are still looking for students. Also ask your professors on your own campus if they or their colleagues would like a research assistant for the summer. If they have existing grant money, sometimes it is easy to add a student to the grant.
Other types of internships may suit you well, too. There are soooo many cool careers out there! Spend some time looking around at the range of jobs available in/around meteorology and reach out to professionals holding those jobs to ask them about their work.
I sincerely wish you all the very best in your career and graduate school decisions.
January 20, 2015:
The 2015 application is online. Apply today! All application materials are due February 6, 2015.
January 16, 2015:
I am fielding dates for an REUnion! Most likely to be a Saturday in June. There are now about 193 past participants of this program, which was an official NSF REU program in the following years: 1991-1993, 1995, 1998-2005, 2007-present. Please send an email to the current PI and Director, Dr. Daphne Ladue (dzaras at ou.edu) if you did not recently recieve an email from me or OU's Qualtrics survey account fielding dates and interest in attending. I'm missing just a few email addresses, and a few more of the ones I have may be for email accounts you're no longer actively reading.
January 2, 2015:
Most of the 2014 REUers are headed to the American Meteorological Society's Annual Meeting to present their summer research. Be sure to look for their posters and talks!
November 3, 2014:
A couple of our 2014 particpants are headed off to the AMS Severe Local Storms Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, to present their work.
April 3, 2012:
The selection process is now complete, and notifications were sent
via email last Monday. If you completed your application but did
not hear from us you are welcome to inquire. Those who completed
an Intent to Apply without following through to finish the application
were not notified.
February 13, 2012:
The Intent to Apply form has been taken down. All application materials
are due February 15. The application for summer 2013 will be posted
by Christmas 2012!
December 15, 2011:
We are now accepting applications for the summer of 2012! The program
will run from Tuesday, May 22 through Monday, July 30.
Start your application now by filling
out some basic information online.
November 3, 2011:
The new application will be posted soon!
Certainly by Christmas, possibly sooner.
October 25, 2011:
I just completed an effort to catch up with everyone.
I believe I have all the updates I know about on the Alumni
check your entry and let me know if your status has changed! I use
the information when drafting my annual and final reports to NSF.