UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A dozen students from around the nation recently wrapped up their summer research projects in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, funded through the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.
The REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the NSF. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. Climate science was the focus of the department’s REU, which involves mentors from the department as well as from several departments across the university including chemistry, civil and environmental engineering, geography and geosciences.
Raymond Najjar, professor of oceanography at Penn State and co-director of the program for the department, said it’s an opportunity for students seeking to advance their education to get a feel for the graduate student experience while planting the seed for future research projects. It also brings students, often from smaller schools, to a top research university.