Update 1/31/24: Thank you so much for your interest in our program! We are busy this week with the American Meteorological Society's Annual Meeting, so please do not worry if you do not receive a prompt request for your transcripts. We will catch up with all of those requests during the week of February 5.
Update 1/30/24: The application deadline is coming up fast! Make sure to complete the application portion by Sunday, February 4, 11:59pm Central Time. We will then be in contact during the following week about uploading the supplementary materials.
Update 12/21/23: We have our first project description on the 2024 Project Proposals page.
Update 12/15/23: The 2024 application is now online!
We will continue to offer a remote option and hope this encourages caregivers, students with disabilities that make commuting or working in offices difficult, or students who need to remain near family to apply. Keep in mind that REU is a commitment of time like a full-time job (e.g., 40 hrs/week). We will work with you on how we schedule program activities and pair you with a mentor who can accommodate flexible hours and different U.S. time zones, within reason.
Applicants must be:
Pursuing an undergraduate degree
Graduating no sooner than December after the summer they participate*
A U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S.
*Students who are graduating from a 2-year degree program are eligible to participate so long as they are enrolled in and will start the remaining portion of a 4-year degree in the fall after their summer participation.
The 2024 program will likely run from May 22 - July 31. Travel days would be Tuesday, May 21, and Thursday, August 1.
You receive a stipend: $6,000. These funds are distributed at the end of May, June, July, in proportion to how many weeks of the program occurred in that month. These funds are considered a scholarship / fellowship and could be taxable, depending on your overall tax situation.
You also receive some subsistence: $600. This helps with food costs in first month.
Travel to/from Norman: up to $600.
National Conference Travel: up to $1,500.
We provide housing: in modern, furnished campus apartments, likely in OU's Cross Village. In that complex, each student has a private, locking bedroom in 4bed/2bath apartments. Other housing options are available when needed. Costs for certain situations could fall to the participant, such as costs related to housing for family members because family member accommodation is not an allowable expense on our funding.
If the program is virtual, some funds from travel and housing will be provided to each student to help support their remote participation.
*Students at schools on quarter systems will be accommodated.
About the Application:
The application (found at the link below, but read all of this before starting it)
Your college/university transcripts. These will be requested after your application is submitted.
Applications will be due by Sunday, February 4, 2024, by 11:59pm Central Time.
Application items to prepare ahead of time:
Think over and write your essays
Make a list of your work, internship, extra-curricular, care-taking, or other experiences along with responsibilities or skills gained
This is information that might be included in a resume
Example: Grocery Store Cashier: learned how to communicate effectively with customers, management, and other staff; organized groceries appropriately into bags
Example: Roller Derby Athlete: learned how to work as a group to accomplish goals, how to leverage others' strengths with my own for the better of the team, and how to work with people at different skill levels
Example: Care-taking: primary responsibility for my 10-year old sibling until parents were home, making sure that they completed homework on time, driving my them to athletic/club/activities
Calcluate your in-major GPA
We recommend that you prepare to write the essay questions by:
Taking a look at our video (above),
Looking over past year's projects to get an idea of the range of research projects and how much you'd learn over the summer (e.g., go to each past year and click on either "Students & Mentors" or "Projects":
Note that NONE of the projects involve storm chasing,
and click around through the web sites of our partner organizations, and, as they are posted, to help you figure out what interests you the most.
These are the essays you'll be asked to submit. Work on them ahead of time so that you can copy-paste your well-thought essays into the form.
Impact You Wish to Have in Your Future Career: What interests you most about applying your background to career in weather or climate? [aim for about 250 words; the form will limit your answer to 2,000 characters]
This might include social, cultural, familial, educational experiences.
Impact of Participation on Your Career Goals: Why do you want to participate in a research internship at the National Weather Center and its partner organizations? [aim for about 250 words; the form will limit your answer to 2,000 characters]
This essay should be personal to you. How would participating in this program help prepare you for the careers you are currently considering?
Your Impact on Your Peers and the Scientific Community: The NWC REU aims to be an inclusive program dedicated to supporting and enhancing the diversity of future scientific communities. Please describe how you will impact this REU program and the broader scientific community. [aim for about 250 words; the form will limit your answer to 2,000 characters]
*Note: Our partner organizations list has been built over the past 20-some years. In any one year the list is shorter, based on individual scientists' ability to mentor in that year.
Link to Application:
When you have all the above prepared and ready to go, and have at least 20-30 minutes to work on this (even with your answers prepared it will take some time to enter all your information).
The application period closed Sunday, February 4, 2024, at 11:59pm Central Time! Thank you for your interest in our program.
Things to keep in mind:
NSF requests that REU sites select at least half of their participants from schools where research opportunities are limited, and that includes 2-year colleges.
University, college, and community college students interested in a weather-related research career are encouraged to apply.
Aspiring science teachers are encouraged to apply.
Applications from women and minorities are particularly encouraged.
Also of note: NSF funds many REUs, and you can apply to more than one. To find other programs, select one of the disciplinary areas (we're listed under Atmospheric Science) or search with keywords here: https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.jsp.