Program Overview
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REU stands for Research Experiences for Undergraduates and is a National Science Foundation sponsored program.

ESMEI offers paid summer undergraduate research internships at Colorado State University in the Department of Atmospheric Science. Interns participate in a 10 week program from late May through July. This is an exciting research opportunity in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado. Join world-class atmospheric scientists investigating the science of clouds, climate and climate change, weather, and modeling. During our program interns have the opportunity to attend scientific seminars, visit national scientific laboratories, and participate in a variety of professional development training.

See what our past CMMAP interns and ESMEI interns have done!

Meet our 2017 ESMEI Summer Interns!

Alison Banks is a senior at Salisbury University in Maryland with a major in Geography - Atmospheric Science and a minor in Computer Science. Her hometown is Cambridge, Maryland. Allie's research interests are climate modelling, neural networks, forecasting, and severe weather. In her free time she enjoys fencing, yoga, rading, cooking, programming and listening to podcasts. This summer, she is looking forward to meeting her fellow interns and professors and can't wait to work on weather topics with passionate people in beautiful Colorado.

Alex DesRosiers comes to us from the University of Florida where he is majoring in Environmental Engineering. His hometown is Tampa, Florida. Alex's research interests as a senior are tropical cyclones. He enjoys hiking, fishing and music. He is looking forward to a change of scenery and academic environment this summer. Having lived in Florida his entire life, he enjoys every chance he gets to travel outside his state.

Isaac Fagerstrom calls Bemidji, Minnesota his hometown. He is a junior in Environmental Science at Hamline University in Minnesota. His research interest is climate change in the Arctic and he enjoys the outdoor hobbies of rock climbing, kayaking, hiking and camping. Isaac is looking forward to seeing the mountains for the first time and conducting his own original research.

Leah Johnson is from Denver, Colorado. She attends Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, where she is a junior majoring in Chemistry with a possible minor in Creative Writing. Leah's research interests are environmental chemistry with a focus on understanding and adapting to climate change. In her free time, she enjoys running, gardening, reading and writing. This summer she is excited to get a chance to experience a real research environment and work on problems that are important to her.

Joseph Moody is from Fort Collins, Colorado allthough he notes he moved here from Kingman, Arizona. He attends the University of Northern Colorado and is a senior majoring in Meteorology with a Math minor. Joseph's research interests include atmospheric chemistry and aerosols, and remote sensing. He enjoys hiking, biking, SCA medieval armored weapon fighting and Dungeons & Dragons. He is looking forward to living on the CSU campus to work on research, mountain-related outdoor recreation, and summer convection!

Danny Rodriguez is a senior majoring in Environmental Science at Colorado College. His hometown is Great Falls, Virginia. His research interests include atmospheric chemistry, toxicology and clouds. His hobbies are climbing (frozen things), reading, ultimate frisbee and photography. Danny is looking forward to learning more about the atmosphere and chemical relationships in the troposphere this summer. He is also excited about exploring a part of Colorado he doesn't usually get to visit.

Gabe Rodriguez calls Highlands Ranch, Colorado his home and attends nearby University of Colorado in Boulder. He is a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. His research interests are climate science and clean energy. Gabe enjoys photography, graphic design and tennis. This summer, he is excited to finally begin to apply his knowledge from mechanical engineering into something meaningful. He hopes to expand his perspective of climate science through personal experience.

Jessica Solomon attends Humboldt State University where she is a senior majoring in Environmental Science: Climate and Energy with a minor in Oceanography and Applied Mathematics. Her hometown is further south in Moorpark, California. Her research interests include climate dynamics, ocean and atmosphere interactions, and atmospheric chemistry. She enjoys running, rock climbing, hiking, biking, soccer and drawing. She is looking forward to exploring a state she's never seen before and and can't wait to begin developing a research project where her passions will finally come to life.

Samantha Zito calls Plainview, New York her hometown. She attends Stony Brook University where she is a senior majoring in Atmospheric Sciences. Her research interests are radar meteorology, remote sensing, and wind energy. Sam enjoys sailing, petting dogs, and watching bad movies with good friends! This summer, she is looking forward to finally leaving Long Island to experience all of the great endeavors Colorado has to offer with new friends and mentors.

Sarah Zelasky is a senior BSPH Environmental Health Sciences major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is minoring in Music and Math. She is from Raleigh, North Carolina. Her research interest is atmospheric chemistry as it relates to human health by tropospheric pollution or climate change. Sarah enjoys singing in choir, playing violin/piano, rock climbing, power yoga and new adventures. This summer, she is looking forward to meeting new friends with similar research passions and exploring the outdoors of Colorado together (NC is wayyyy too humid in the summer!)

Got a question? Contact Melissa Burt, our internship specialist!