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 projects from previous summers of the ASSURE REU program:

ASSURE Projects 2017

ASSURE Projects 2016

ASSURE Projects 2015


The Summer 2021 ASSURE program is contingent upon funding. Check back here around December 2020 to see if it will be happening and to get an application.

We are still evaluating whether we will have a completely virtual program, or a hybrid program where half the summer is virtual and half is in-person.

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 2021. 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 previous project descriptions and results for examples of ASSURE student research.


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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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