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

Like the rest of the country, we have been trying to understand what will happen with the COVID-19 pandemic and the likely impact it will have on our REU program. At this point, we do not yet know when the UAH campus will reopen, when shelter-in-place instructions will be lifted, the availability of accommodation, etc. After careful consideration, including considering other options, we regret to inform you that we decided to cancel our REU program this summer. We believe that the safety of all participants and mentors is paramount and that alternative options do not offer the range of experiences that we expect of our REU program. We would like to thank you for your interest in our REU program. We will be glad to consider your current application for next year or invite you to submit an updated application during the application window for next year that will start in early January 2021.We wish you health and success, and we look forward to considering your application for Summer 2021!



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 2020. 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 (AGU Meeting Information) or the American Astronomical Society Meeting (AAS Meeting Information)

The program will run from May 26 - July 31, 2020. Students must be available for the entire 10 weeks in order to participate in the program.

Students will be provided a $6000 stipend for the summer. The stipend will include food and living expenses during the program.  Additionally, a travel allowance and housing on the UAH campus (shared rooms) will be provided. A linen package will not be provided for the dorms.  You will need to supply your own sheets and towels.

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.

NASA SOHO Magnetic Field


Applicants should be full-time, undergraduate students with a GPA of 2.75 or better and majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields. Students must be US citizens or green card holders in order to be considered for this program. You must be at least 19 years of age at the beginning of the program in order to be eligible. 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.


You will need to create an account on our sign-up page to complete this application.  In addition, you will have to upload your resume and academic records (for example, transcripts) in PDF format, the contact information for two (2) recommenders, and to answer several essay questions. We recommend that you type your responses to the essay questions in a separate document and copy and paste them into your application. Your references will get an email right when you submit your application – you are responsible to check with them beforehand whether they want to provide a reference for you and let them know that they will get an automated email from us. You will get a notification email when a reference uploads a reference letter. If one or more of your references have not uploaded a letter by the deadline, your application is deemed incomplete. Academic records must be in English and must display the name of the institution, name of the student, completed coursework and grades. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. 

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

Additional Information

If you have any questions, please contact heliophysicsreu@uah.edu.

This REU program is funded by the National Science Foundation. "Final acceptance into the program is contingent on confirmation of funding by the National Science Foundation."