PSU Center for Climate and Aerosol Research: REU SITE

Our PSU CCAR REU site is focused on conducting research projects related to atmospheric science, particularly atmospheric chemistry, physics, air quality, meteorology and climate change. Research experiences are designed for students majoring in the natural/physical sciences but we do not expect students have a background in atmospheric science.

We strongly encourage participation by Native American, rural Oregonian and Washingtonian, as well as student currently attending community colleges.

Atmospheric research is a multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary endeavor.  As such, CCAR faculty mentors are from such diverse fields as Chemistry, Geography, Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Environmental Science, and Physics. Some areas of investigation include:

Climate induced extremes
Precipitation measurements and modeling
Eco-hydro-climate systems
Atmospheric trace gas measurements
Global greenhouse gas modeling
Greenhouse gas isotopic composition
Atmospheric aerosol measurements
Biogenic volatile organic compound emissions
Outdoor and indoor air quality
Urban heat island effect and impacts


Students will conduct research with mentors for 10 weeks and have opportunities to present their work are national and regional conferences.

Please check out the video made by previous year's students about their research.

Summer Program (June 22-August 28)

  • Applications for the REU 2020 Summer session are currently being accepted. Program includes:
  • Individual research projects and faculty mentoring
  • Research opportunities in the CCAR labs:
  • A research stipend will be provided for the 10 week program
  • 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 Housing for participants for the 10 week program
  • Professional development and career workshops
  • Possible travel to conferences (travel expenses covered)
  • Final presentation and closing CCAR ceremony: An opportunity to showcase and celebrate our work!
  • Note: This program is currently under consideration for renewal funding from the National Science Foundation; applications will be reviewed upon renewal.


  • You must be a US citizen or possess a Green Card;
  • You must be a high school graduate or have a GED certificate;
  • 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 committed 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 throughout the length of the program;
  • You must be available to work in your assigned lab for the full ten-week session from 9a-5p and attend weekly group meetings and seminars.
  • You must agree to live in the provided on campus housing. 

Application Requirements and Instructions

  • Please read eligibility criteria carefully before applying!
  • Deadline for Summer 2020 Applications: Monday April 15.
  • Click "REU - APPLY HERE!" in the upper left hand corner of this screen for detailed application information.
  • Acceptance Notification: Applicants who have been accepted will be notified by email.
  • For inquiries regarding the 2020 CCAR REU, please contact the program coordinator, Britta Baechler, at


Sponsored by Atmospheric and Geospace Science Division of the National Science Foundation