2016 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Climate Science at Penn State
Summer research positions are available in the area of climate science as part of an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program at The Pennsylvania State University. These positions are for ten weeks, 40 hours per week, during the 2016 summer (May 26 - August 3) and are suitable for undergraduates from a variety of majors, including atmospheric science, chemistry, ecology, engineering, geology, mathematics, oceanography, and physics. The climate system involves highly complex interactions among the atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere; unraveling the mechanisms that control the Earth’s climate is one of the most intellectually challenging scientific problems of the day.
During the REU, students will gain first-hand knowledge of the climate system and mechanisms that influence it through research that may involve fieldwork, laboratory experiments, numerical modeling, and data analysis. Potential research topics include floods and droughts; regional and global climate change; terrestrial, wetland, and marine carbon cycling; tropical cyclones, atmospheric waves, and storm tracks; weather and climate risk; storm surge; atmospheric aerosols; and paleoclimate reconstruction. Field and laboratory work locations may vary. Preference will be given to rising juniors and seniors considering a career in climate research or planning on graduate school. Students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2016 and can be found, along with additional information, at the Penn State Climate REU climate website.