PLYMOUTH – The meteorology program at Plymouth State University has received a $ 528,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support a four-year continuation of an undergraduate research program. The program explores atmospheric and related sciences and provides students with related research and professional development opportunities. The award to PSU is one of two grants totaling over $ 1 million to support the Northeast Partnership for Atmospheric and Related Sciences Research Experiences for Undergraduates, an ongoing collaboration between PSU and Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York City.
The NEPARS REU program is competitive and hosts 12 student interns, two student program assistants and six faculty mentors each summer, with the groups split into two cohorts at PSU and HWS. The PSU program is led by Associate Professor Jason Cordeira, Ph.D. Professor of Meteorology, Professor Eric Hoffman, Ph.D., Professor Lourdes Aviles, Ph.D., and Associate Research Professor Eric Kelsey, Ph.D. sit on the faculty.
The cohorts meet throughout the summer, in person and by videoconference. The summer 2020 program has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the majority of successful applicants have chosen to postpone and will participate in 2021.
“While many REU programs cater to third-year undergraduate students, the primary goal of the PSU-HWS REU program is to provide first- and second-year students with rich learning opportunities, helping them to prepare for careers in STEM fields, ”says Cordeira.