June 5, 2018:
I've updated the data on the Miscellaneous page to include the latest two years of demographics of mentors and participants.
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:
One of my first tasks each year is querying for mentors and starting to fill in a web page with a list of projects. We have many organizations and a few 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.
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:
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!
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 16, 2015:
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.