Opportunities at UWM
UWM Atmospheric Science Program
Capstone Experience (Atm Sci 599)
Independent Study (Atm Sci 199)
Advanced Independent Reading (Atm Sci 699)
All students are required to complete a capstone project under the supervision of a faculty advisor, and this can serve as your first exposure to atmospheric science research. Students are encouraged to complete this project as soon as possible within their course of study, as doing so often identifies interesting questions worth further research. Financial support may be available from selected faculty for students continuing with research after their capstone experience.
UWM Office of Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF)
The UWM Office of Undergraduate Research (https://uwm.edu/our/) provides support for undergraduate research across UWM’s campus. The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program connects interested students with faculty mentors starting as early as the freshman year. College credit is available through this program. The Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows provides financial stipends to support advanced undergraduates working with a faculty mentor or Innovative Weather.
Opportunities Beyond UWM
University of Oklahoma/National Weather Center Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Conduct research across the atmospheric and related sciences over a ten-week summer period with the OU/NWC Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. Approximately twenty students are selected each year, with applications typically due in early February. Housing, a travel allowance, and stipend are provided, and many students subsequently present their research at national conferences.
UCAR Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS)
SOARS is dedicated to broadening participation in the atmospheric and related sciences. It is a sophomore undergraduate to graduate program built around a summer research internship, mentoring by top scientists, and a supportive learning community. Approximately ten students are selected each year, with applications typically due by the end of January. Housing, a travel allowance, and stipend are provided, and many students subsequently present their research at national conferences.
Colorado State University Earth System Modeling and Education Institute (ESMEI)
ESMEI offers paid summer undergraduate research internships at Colorado State University. Interns participate in a ten-week summer program where they join world-class atmospheric scientists investigating the science of clouds, climate and climate change, weather, and modeling. Approximately ten students are selected each year, with applications typically due in early February. Housing, a travel allowance, and stipend are provided.
Northeast Partnership for Atmospheric and Related Sciences REU
A collaborative initiative of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Plymouth State University, NEPARS provides up to twelve research internships for undergraduate students, particularly freshman- and sophomore-level students, to conduct research across the atmospheric and related sciences. Applications are typically due in mid-February, and a $4,680 stipend, housing, and travel costs are provided.
Univ. of Alabama-Huntsville Earth System Science Center (ESSC) REU
The Univ. of Alabama-Huntsville ESSC REU program offers sophomore- and junior-level undergraduate students with research opportunities across the atmospheric sciences, with a particular focus on remote sensing and severe weather. The program runs for ten weeks each summer, and up to fifteen internships are available annually. Applications are typically due in mid-February, and a $5,000 stipend, housing, and travel costs are provided.
Univ. of Iowa Watershed Science Research Experience for Undergraduates
Link for 2020 internships not yet available.
The Univ. of Iowa’s Dept. of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences offers a research experiences for undergraduate program focused on research in the sustainable provisioning of clean water and food in a midwestern United States agricultural watershed. The program runs for ten weeks and provides students with a $5,000 stipend, meal allowance, and housing. Applications are typically due in mid-February.
Vermont Basin Resilience to Extreme Weather Events Internships
A collaborative effort of the Univ. of Vermont and St. Michael’s College, the Vermont Basin Resilience to Extreme Weather Events internship program offers research opportunities in climate, ecology, resource management, and modeling with the goal of improving understanding of the effects of extreme weather events to Vermont’s lake basins. Approximately twenty internships are available, and students receive a $5,000 stipend. Applications are typically due by the end of January.
Texas A&M Atmospheric Science in the Gulf Coast Region REU
The Atmospheric Science in the Gulf Coast Region REU program offers students the opportunity to conduct original research in areas across the atmospheric sciences. A unique aspect of this program is the ability to conduct a group project and field work along the Gulf coast in mid-summer. The program runs for nine weeks, and applications are typically due in mid-February.
NASA Student Airborne Research Program
The Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) is an eight-week summer internship program for rising senior undergraduate students to acquire hands-on research experience in all aspects of a scientific campaign using one or more NASA Airborne Science Program flying science laboratories. Approximately 30 students are selected annually for this eight-week summer program, and applications typically open in the fall.
NASA Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Annually, NASA offers approximately twenty separate undergraduate research internships of varying length, focus, and scope. Please visit the above link for further information about each of these programs, including application instructions and deadlines.
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Internship Program
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) offers ten-week, full-time summer internship opportunities across the range of JPL science. A competitive stipend is offered; however, no housing stipend is provided. Applications are typically due at the start of April.
UCAR Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science
The SIParCS program offers graduate and undergraduate students with significant hands-on research and development activities in high performance computing (HPC) and related fields that use HPC for scientific discovery and modeling. Approximately ten students are selected each year, with applications typically due in January. Housing, a travel allowance, and stipend are provided.
Washington State REU in Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest
The REU program goal is to provide undergraduate students in engineering and related fields an opportunity to participate in ongoing active research programs and gain hands-on experience with atmospheric chemistry measurements and modeling. Approximately ten students are selected each year, with applications typically due in February. A $4,700 stipend, free housing, and travel are provided.
Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships
The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers by providing research experiences at one of 16 Department of Energy laboratories. Applications are typically due in January. A $500/wk stipend, travel, and a housing allowance are provided. Many DOE labs also offer their own summer internships; please visit each lab’s webpage for more information on these programs.
NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab Summer Student Fellowships
This summer fellows program exposes students to a broad range of fields and provides an exciting opportunity for students to conduct research in the Great Lakes region under the mentorship of a researcher or working professional. Approximately ten students are selected each year, with applications typically due in February. A $6,500 stipend is provided.
Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship
This 10-week summer program is designed to engage students in diverse and exciting Earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences research at a world-renowned institution. A limited number of atmospheric science (namely, atmospheric chemistry)-related positions are available each year. Applications are typically due in March and a $5,000 stipend, housing, and travel are provided.
Other Internship Opportunities
No specific website available.
There exist many more internships, both informal and formal, across the field, particularly in broadcast meteorology, at local National Weather Service offices, and with private sector firms. The AMS maintains a partial list at http://internboard.ametsoc.org/jobseeker/search/results/, and others exist. Interested students are encouraged to directly contact the group, firm, or institution with whom they would like to intern for more information about internship opportunities and details.
Undergraduate Award Programs
AMS Father James B. Macelwane Award in Meteorology
The AMS Father James B. Macelwane Award in Meteorologyis the highest honor that an undergraduate researcher can receive within the field. It aims to stimulate interest in meteorology among undergraduate students through the submission of original student research papers in the atmospheric and related sciences. The winner receives a $1,000 stipend, and applications are typically due in June.
NCAR Undergraduate Leadership Workshop
The NCAR Undergraduate Leadership Workshop is a summerworkshop with the purpose of informing students about exciting research and career opportunities in the atmospheric and related sciences. It is open to junior-level students, as nominated by their home institution, and up to twenty awards are offered per year.
AMS Travel Grants and Assistantships
AMS Travel Grants are available for senior-level undergraduates and graduate students to attend AMS conferences in which they are not presenting original research. Applications for each AMS conference for which travel grants are available typically close approximately 2-4 months prior to the conference. Travel, conference registration, and lodging are provided by these grants.