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Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): Northeast Partnership for Atmospheric & Related Sciences (NEPARS)

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Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore
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Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

The Northeast Partnership for Atmospheric & Related Sciences (NEPARS) REU provides research opportunities for undergraduate students early in their education. The REU site brings together research mentors from two primarily undergraduate institutions with atmospheric and related science programs [Hobart & William Smith Colleges (HWS) and Plymouth State University (PSU)].

Each year 12 undergraduate students will be selected to conduct research in atmospheric and related sciences. Six REU students with research mentors will work at each research location (HWS & PSU) during the 9-week summer program with several full-group gatherings planned. Students will receive a salary of $5,400 ($600 per week), housing (with kitchen facilities, utilities, & internet), and travel costs to/from the REU will be reimbursed.

REU students will develop new research projects related to mentor expertise. Projects seek to understand an array of atmospheric and physical processes, their predictability, as well as interactions across temporal and spatial scales. Research are typically within the areas of mesoscale and synoptic meteorology, modern climate, paleoclimate, hydrometeorology, mountain meteorology, tropical meteorology, microclimates, and biometeorology. Student researchers will work in small research groups and independently during the program, as well as have opportunities to collect field data on Seneca Lake, NY using the HWS research vessel and on Mt. Washington, NH in partnership with the Mt. Washington Observatory. Students will develop or enhance skills related to working with analytical software and large databases, statistical analysis techniques, and scientific writing and presentation. In most cases, students will have opportunities for funded travel to present their research at regional or national scientific meetings, such as the AMS Annual Student Conference.

The REU is partnering with the Mt. Washington Observatory and the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at SUNY Albany to offer interactions beneficial to student professional development. Additionally, REU student researchers will complete a series of leadership workshops led by the HWS Centennial Center and REU research mentors.

The NEPARS REU intends to offer an in-person research experience for the 2021 summer program. We continue to monitor the developing situation surrounding COVID-19 both locally and nationally. If circumstances warrant, the 2021 NEPARS REU program may be provided in a remote or hybrid format.

Please visit our website for eligibilty requirements and application procedures.

Participating Institution(s):
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Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Lead)
Mount Washington Observatory
Plymouth State University
State University of New York (SUNY), Albany

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Applied Mathematics
Atmospheric Sciences
Environmental Sciences

Applied Statistics
Atmospheric Dynamics
Climate Variability
Data Analysis
Hydrologic Science
Mesoscale Meteorology
Numerical Modeling
Weather Extremes

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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