Penn State’s Climate Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is hosting their final symposium from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, in the Steidle Building Atrium on the University Park campus. The symposium is free and open to the public.
This 10-week NSF-funded REU is available to undergraduate students to pursue research in climate science, scientific inquiry and science communication and seeks to expose students to the full range of scientific exploration, from the generation of hypotheses to communicating research findings and their implications to other scientists and the general public.
The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences has been hosting this REU program since 2013. The REU brings students from across the country each summer to the University Park campus to engage in climate science research with Penn State faculty, post-doctoral scholars and graduate students. This year, 36 mentors from seven departments in three colleges at Penn State participated along with three from outside Penn State.
The 2021 symposium will feature poster presentations showcasing the research from the REU from 28 students, 10 of whom are from the 2020 program, which was held virtually.
Raymond Najjar and Gregory Jenkins, professors in meteorology and atmospheric science, serve as director and co-director, respectively, for the program, which was initiated by colleagues Jose Fuentes and Jon Nese.