2022 REU Program in Solar and Space Physics


Boulder Solar Alliance Research Experience for Undergraduates

The 2022 cohort has been finalized. All accepted students have been notified.

If you were not selected this year, and you will not have graduated by May 2023, please consider applying again next year.

Please do not call our office phones or admin staff. If you have questions, you may email bouldersolarreu@lasp.colorado.edu

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The Boulder Solar Alliance REU program is 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.


May 23 through July 29, 2022 (10 weeks).

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

$600/week, plus a housing and ground transportation allowance.

Resources from Previous Sessions

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