Research Experience for Undergraduates

Applications for Summer 2024 are now closed.

The 8-week summer REU program for undergraduate students hosted by Hampton University is centered around the broad theme “Measurement and Analysis of Atmospheric Properties.” REU students will work with mentors from the Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, with support from its associated research center, the Center for Atmospheric Sciences.

Research themes include and are not limited to:
  • Satellite image analysis will be applied to the detection of flood waters on normally dry land and to the appearance and growth of harmful algal blooms in local rivers.
  • Hampton University’s NSF-funded observatory will be used to monitor the atmospheres of Jupiter, Saturn and Venus.
  • Ground-based instruments will be used to measure chemical and optical properties of trace gases and aerosols for air quality applications, validation of satellite measurements and numerical weather predictions.

Students will participate in the collection of atmospheric measurements from a variety of instruments, apply fundamental data analysis techniques, develop basic research skills (literature review, instrument calibration, data validation, model fitting, coding), and participate in a research team to develop collaboration skills (active listening, leadership, communication, delegation). The students will also receive professional development training including topics such as paper and proposal writing, peer review, and oral presentation skills. Field trips to regional NASA and NOAA research facilities included.

Applications for Summer 2024 are now closed.


  • Applications due: 2/23/2024
  • Summer program start: 5/28/2024
  • Summer program end: 7/19/2024


Hampton University: A scenic waterfront campus bordered by historic Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown to the north, and the oceanfront resort community of Virginia Beach to the south.

Stipend and Accommodation

Students are provided a $4,800 stipend for the 8-week session, $600 for travel allowance and $1000 for conference travel. On-campus housing and meal-plan are included.


Participants must be U.S. Citizens currently enrolled in a degree program with an expected graduation date after the completion of the program.

For questions or additional information about this REU program, email