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.

Update: The application form has now been closed as of 9 am PT (February 8, 2020)


The ASSURE program, located at the University of California, Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory, provides paid summer internships for undergraduate students to conduct cutting-edge research under the mentorship of leading experts in space science and engineering. The Summer 2021 ASSURE program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF):

Link to electronic application form.

You will need a Google account to fill out the form.

For your reference, here is a PDF version of the application questions (though applications must be submitted electronically via the Google form above):

You will need:

  • Your most recent transcript
  • At least one, and at most two, letter(s) of recommendation submitted by the application deadline. References should be professors, or other professionals, who can attest to the applicants fit for the ASSURE program. Recommendation letters should be submitted electronically. Submission details for references are found below.
  • Short (~500 word) essays on:
  • Your academic and career goals
  • Your prior programming and research experience (none required!)
  • Your experience working in groups and teams
  • What skills you want to learn or improve and why

Applications are due 9:00 am PT on February 05 February 8th, 2021, and will be considered on a rolling basis. Acceptance notifications will be made mid-March, 2021.

Due to complications arising from public health efforts around the COVID 19 pandemic, it is possible that ASSURE 2021 may have an online/virtual component. We will provide updates as information becomes available.

Interns should expect a stipend and housing support at levels similar to other NSF funded REU programs; the specifics of financial support will become available once funding through the NSF and our program format are finalized.

Questions can be sent to:

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.

Information for Letters of Reference

Please request letters of recommendation from at least one and up to two professors or professionals (preferably in your major field of study). Letters of reference must be emailed directly to and be received by the application due date (Friday, February 5th, 2021).


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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 2015-2018 ASSURE program was funded by NSF grant number 146127.

"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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