Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Programs for Planetary Science

Trying to find an REU program that caters to those interested in planetary science is a difficult task. This is because planetary science is an interdisciplinary study covering traditional fields such as geology, chemistry, astronomy, physics, etc. with the focus of applying that discipline to planetary topics. Because of this diversity we have attempted to compile a list of REU programs where students can work on research program in planetary science. The data are divided into regional categories (USA, Canada, International). The individual entries note the specific planetary fields in the particular program. The information here is meant as a starting point, a first-stop to see a summary of what is out there. If you plan to apply to any of these programs, be sure to contact them directly to get the most up-to-date details. In general application deadlines are in January or February for the following summer.

While the list is extensive, it is most likely not comprehensive and we are always happy to add programs as we find out about them. If you have any additions, corrections, or additional information, please email us! — David Klassen, Sanlyn Buxner

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Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics
American Museum of Natural History Richard Gilder Graduate School
Arecibo Observatory Arecibo Observatory
Boston University Astronomy
Brigham Young University Physics & Astronomy
Caltech institute wide
Cornell University Astronomy
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory institute wide
Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium several across 8 schools
Los Alamos National Laboratory Computational Physics Student Summer Workshop
Lunar and Planetary Institute Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science
NASA agency wide
Northern Arizona University Astronomy & Planetary Science
Northwestern University Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics
SETI Institute Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates
Space Telescope Science Institute Space Astronomy Summer Program
Texas Christian University Physics & Astronomy
University of Colorado, Boulder Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy
Yale University Astronomy