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About CCAR - REU

Program Specifics:

Portland State University REU Site: Atmospheric Science Experiences in the Center for Climate and Aerosol Research (CCAR)

  • Was established in 2014 under the direction of Dr. Jeremy Parra and Dr. Dean Atkinson.
  • Strongly encourages participation by Native American and/or Rural Oregonian students
  • Has a particular emphasis on Atmospheric System studies. Students, predominantly from community colleges take part in an intensive summer training program to learn the techniques and instruments used to study topics such as the following:
    • Atmopsheric Aerosols
    • Atmospheric Particulate Matter (Aerosol) Modeling
    • Greenhouse Gas/Biogenic Emissions
    • Biogeochemical Modeling
    • Atmospheric Trace Gases
    • Atmospheric Stable Isotopes
    • Atmospheric CO2 and Plant Metabolism
  • Includes research projects from such diverse fields as Chemistry, Geography, Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Environmental Science, and Physics;
  • Includes opportunities for participants to present papers at national or local conferences.

Summer Program

  • Applications for the REU 2014 Summer session are now being accepted through April 1! Apply now!
  • Program dates for summer 2014: Monday, June 30th - Monday, Sept.8th.
  • 10 positions available;
  • $4500 stipend for the 10 week program
  • The program opens with a week long training seminar(mandatory) which includes training on instruments and techniques, a safety course, a library seminar, and a short course on Atmospheric Science;
  • Paid-for Room and Board are provided for participants for the 10 week 
  • The program will cover travel expenses to PSU (limited)
  • There will be the possibility travel to conferences; Travel expenses will be covered
  • Research opportunities in the CCAR labs:
  • The program ends with a final presentation and closing ceremony: An opportunity to showcase and celebrate our work!


  • You must be a US citizen or possess a Green Card;
  • You must be a current undergraduate student attending classes at either a college/university or a community college; (Graduating seniors are eligible only if they have been accepted to graduate school and are commited to attending in the fall. If you have senior status, please include your anticipated graduation date and/or expected graduate school and enrollment status in your cover letter)
  • This research opportunity cannot be combined with any other offers or positions;
  • You must be covered by a health insurance policy througout the length of the program;
  • You must be available to work in your assigned lab for the full eight-week session from 9a-5p and attend weekly group meetings and seminars on Monday evenings from 5:00-7:30p.

Application Requirements:

  • Please read eligibility criteria carefully before applying!
  • Submit the application using the electronic form on the Apply page, including:
    • Cover Letter
    • Two Letters of Recommendation (submit names and email addresses of recommenders)
    • College Transcripts (electronic transcripts are fine for the initial application, but you may be asked to submit offical paper transcripts as well)
    • Resume/Vita

For more information, please visit the application page or our LinkedIn page.