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Air Quality, Atmospheric Chemistry, and Climate Change: Measurements and Modeling in the Pacific Northwest – Research Experience for Undergraduates

Primary Institution: Washington State University
Affiliation: Laboratory for Atmospheric Research within Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
City: Pullman
State: WA
Job Duration: June 2 - August 5, 2011
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Fluid Dynamics and Gases
Other Engineering
atmospheric sciences, Civil engineering, environmental engineering
Description: The Laboratory for Atmospheric Research at Washington State University ( is seeking motivated undergraduate students interested in atmospheric science to participate in a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program supported by the National Science Foundation.  The program will run from June 2 to August 5, 2011 on the campus of Washington State University in Pullman, WA.

Our program will provide an intensive hands-on summer research experience for undergraduate students at all levels with an interest in atmospheric science and air quality engineering using advanced instrumentation and modeling tools.  In particular, students will have access to a new mobile laboratory facility, the Mobile Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory (MACL).  This facility consists of a custom built mobile trailer instrumented with gas, particle, and meteorological instrumentation to study atmospheric and aerosol chemistry.  Faculty and other mentors will provide one-on-one research training, and a series of workshops will be offered to familiarize students with the fundamental concepts of atmospheric chemistry and its most common research tools.  

Participants will receive a stipend plus all housing and travel costs.

Pullman WA is located in the rolling hills of the Palouse, on the eastern edge of the state. It is located 1.5 hours south of Spokane, WA, and 2.5 hours from a Department of Energy government research Laboratory (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory).  Pullman is also conveniently located near outdoor activity opportunities such as hiking, biking, fly fishing, and kayaking.  Popular destinations including Hells Canyon (ID), the Blue Mountains (OR), and the Columbia River (WA/OR).

A goal of this program is to select a student group that reflects diversity in terms of ethnicity and gender, and includes students that would not otherwise have exposure to research.  Freshman and sophomore undergraduates are especially encouraged to apply. To receive NSF/REU funding, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate, and will not have received your Bachelor's degree prior to June 2011.

Additional details about the program and application materials are available at:
Stipend: $4000.00
Benefits: Housing
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 02/14/2011
Job Website:

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Shelley Pressley
101 Sloan Hall
Pullman, WA 99164
Secondary Contact: Brian Lamb
101 Sloan Hall
Pullman, WA 99164
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