Research Experience for Undergraduates


The University of Alabama in Huntsville and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Heliophysics Summer Research Opportunity for Undergraduates

An NSF-REU Site funded by the National Science Foundation

We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2016 program. Application deadline Friday, March 11, 2016.



The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) will host a Research Experience for Undergraduates in the summer of 2016. Ten undergraduate students will be invited to Huntsville, Alabama for 10 weeks to engage in cutting edge heliophysics research with astrophysicists from UAH or NASA. Students in this program will be paired with mentors specializing in heliophysics research from the solar interior to the heliopause: including theory, modeling, computer simulations, data analysis and instrument design. At the end of the 10-week program, participants will be required to present their research experience. Partial Funding (up to $1000) will be provided to attend the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, Ca.

The program will run from May 31 - August 5, 2016. Students must be available for the entire 10 weeks in order to participate in the program.

Students will be provided a $5000 stipend for the summer. Additionally, a travel allowance, housing on the UAH campus (shared rooms), and a meal card will be provided.

Heliophysics researchers from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and NASA Marshall Space Center are both housed in the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) located on the UAH campus in Huntsville, Alabama.



Applicants should be full-time, undergraduate students with a GPA of 2.5 or better and majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematic (STEM) fields. Students must be US citizens or green card holders in order to be considered for this program. Rising sophomores, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


Huntsville, "The Rocket City", is an oasis of technology and research in northern Alabama, where cutting edge research has been taking place since the space race. It is home to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and NASA Marshall Space and three 4-year universities. Huntsville is consistently named as one of the best places in the country to live by a variety of publications and thus attracts people from all over the world. In addition to the Space and Rocket Center, visitors can enjoy hiking on nearby Monte Sano, caving, camping, museums, historical landmarks and a variety of sanctuaries and parks.


To apply, fill out the application. You will be asked to upload an unofficial transcript, the contact information for two recommenders, and to answer several essay questions . You cannot save the application form. We recommend that you type your responses to the essay questions in a separate document and copy and paste them into your application. Applications and unofficial transcripts must be received by Friday, March 11, 2016.

If selected, you will be asked to submit your official transcripts.

Recommendation Forms: We will send the recommenders indicated in your application a link to the recommendation form. However, it is the applicants responsibility to confirm the recommendation has been submitted before the deadline. 


Additional Information

If you have any questions, please contact

This REU program is funded by the National Science Foundation; Grant # AGS-1460767