The ASSURE Summer Research Program

The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California, Berkeley is a nationally renowned lab created to better understand Earth's atmosphere and space environment, the Sun, Solar System, and the Universe.

Projects from Previous Summers

 See the pages below for student's projects from previous summers of the ASSURE REU program

ASSURE 2015 Projects






The ASSURE program, supported by the National Science Foundation, provides up to ten summer internship placements for undergraduate students to conduct cutting-edge research projects, supervised by leading experts in the space science and engineering fields. 

Who should apply

This program is dedicated to providing opportunities for enthusiastic and dedicated first generation college students, underrepresented minorities, community college students, and any students for whom a research opportunity may be a challenge. Students majoring in physics, math, astronomy, astrophysics, computer science, chemistry, geology, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and other related subjects are encouraged to apply. 


Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree program leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree, and must also be enrolled in classes for Fall 2018. Students who are transferring from one college or university to another and are enrolled at neither institution during the intervening summer may participate. Participants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.

No research experience is required for this program. We are seeking motivated, self-starting students with an interest in space sciences and engineering who are eager to learn and expand their skills and experiences. Although not required, a basic understanding of computer programming will be helpful, as this is an important component of all projects. Check out last years project descriptions and results for examples of ASSURE student research.

Application Schedule

Applications are now closed for the summer 2018 ASSURE program. We are reviewing applications and will contact finalists in March.

  • Applications are due February 15, 2018.
  • Letters of reference are due March 1, 2018. Letters of reference will only be requested for finalists.

The 2018 session will run for 10 weeks, starting on June 4th and running until August 10th. Your accommodation and meals will be provided, and you will receive a $5000 stipend for the 10 weeks of the program.



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This is an NSF funded REU site (grant number 1461277)

"Being part of SSL was a great experience. It’s not something that you just put on your resume.
It’s something that you carry with you for a lifetime"—2014 ASSURE participant
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