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2017 REU Program in Solar and Space Physics


Research Experience for Undergraduates Site:
Solar and Space Physics with the Boulder Solar Alliance

Summer 2017 Sponsored by the National Science Foundation

The Program

REU students enjoying the Colorado environment.

REU students enjoying the Colorado environment.

The University of Colorado invites undergraduates to apply for a paid summer Research Experience for highly motivated students interested in solar and space physics.  Students will come to Boulder, Colorado for 10 weeks to work on a research project with a mentor.  The topic areas span the field of solar and space physics, from instrument hardware to data analysis to modeling of the Sun, the Sun-Earth system, the near-Earth environment, or the heliosphere.

Succesful applicants will work with scientist mentors at one of these Boulder institutes:

  • Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)
  • National Solar Observatory (NSO)
  • High Altitude Observatory (HAO)
  • NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC)
  • Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
  • Northwest Research Associates (NWRA)
  • Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER)
  • Space Science Institute (SSI)

The program begins with a week-long summer school in solar and space physics and continues with seminars and discussions while you work at one of the participating laboratories, providing peer collaboration opportunities. At the end of the summer, you will present your research findings.

An REU student explains his cubesat power system design to a scientist during the final poster session.

An REU student explains his cubesat power system design to a scientist during the final poster session.

Who should apply

US citizens who are current undergraduate students at 2 or 4 year institutions. Foreign students may also apply, but admission will be dependent upon funding. No previous research or programming experience is necessary, and there is no minimum GPA requirement.


May 30, 2017 through August 4, 2017 (10 weeks) [with some flexibility on a case-by-case basis]

Financial support

$500/week,  plus apartment-styled dorm housing and a food allowance. A travel stipend of $600 will also be provided.

Application deadline has passed.  Acceptance letters will go out in March.

For more information, contact Dr. Martin Snow,


Resources from Previous Sessions




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