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:

  • Atmospheric Aerosols
  • Atmospheric Particulate Matter (Aerosol) Modeling
  • Greenhouse Gas/Biogenic Emissions
  • Biogeochemical Modeling
  • Atmospheric Trace Gases
  • Atmospheric Stable Isotopes
  • Atmospheric CO2 and Plant Metabolism

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

  • Applications for the REU 2019 Summer session will be accepted from Feb 1 through April 1, 2019!
  • Program dates for summer 2019: Monday, June 24 - Friday, August 30th.
  • 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 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 2019 Applications: Monday April 1st.
  • 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 2019 CCAR REU, please contact the program coordinator, Britta Baechler, at


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