2021 REU Program in Solar and Space Physics


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

Application deadline was February 1st, 2021.

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Summer 2021 Sponsored by the National Science Foundation


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.

Research experience

Successful 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)
  • Space Science Institute (SSI)
  • Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates (ASTRA)

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.

REU students enjoying the Colorado environment.

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.


Late May through early August 2021 (10 weeks) depending on the status of the COVID-19 lockdown, the program will be virtual instead of in-person.


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.

Financial support

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

Frequently Asked Questions about the application and/or the program itself.

Resources from Previous Sessions

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