||The Research Experience for Undergraduates Program
in Solar and Space Physics at the University of Colorado
||443, Earth and Space Science: Making Connections in Education and Public Outreach
||Snow, M.; Wood, E.; CoBabe-Amman, E.; Baker, D.; Renfrow, S.
||The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in
Solar and Space Physics is a collaboration between the
University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space
Physics (LASP), the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s
High Altitude Observatory (HAO), the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC),
the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), and Northwest Research
Associates’ Colorado Research Associates (CoRA). The goal of the
program is to give students real-world, hands-on experience
doing research with scientist mentors and to further their
Our program began in 2007 and is entering its fourth year.
Mentors from the member institutions have supervised over
fifty research projects dealing with all aspects of Solar and
Space Physics. The students begin their eight-week visit to
Boulder with a week of classes on the Sun-Earth system as
well as practical courses on data analysis and the IDL programming
language. The students give a 30 minute oral presentation of
their project as well as a poster in a student symposium at
the end of the program. Throughout the summer, the students
give progress reports at weekly brown-bag lunch meetings.
In addition to their own research projects at their host
institution, the students tour and meet scientists from the
partner institutions as the weekly lunches rotate from site
to site. There are also opportunities for students to network
with scientists in an informal way at the excursions we
organize which include barbecues and weekend outings.