PSU Center for Climate and Aerosol Research: REU SITE

Our PSU CCAR Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site is focused on conducting research projects related to climate and atmospheric sciences, 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 to have a background in climate or atmospheric science.

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

Update for 2021: We are making every effort for the CCAR REU program to be on-campus at PSU for Summer 2021. However, it may be necessary to shift all or part of the program to distanced-based to protect the health of our interns and faculty.

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

  • Climate induced extremes
  • Precipitation measurements and modeling
  • Hydrometeorology
  • 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 at national and regional conferences.

Summer Program
(June 21-August 27)

Applications for the REU 2021 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 on-campus 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!


  • 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.

Application Requirements and Instructions:

  • Please read eligibility criteria carefully before applying!
  • Deadline for Summer 2021 Applications: Monday March 15.
  • "Summer 2021 Application" or see above for detailed application information.
  • Acceptance Notification: Applicants who have been accepted will be notified by email.
  • For inquiries regarding the 2021 CCAR REU, please contact the program director, Andrew Rice (

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

Award Number 1950702

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