Program Overview
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We were very much looking forward to this summer’s cohort of ESMEI interns. In February, we reviewed over 100 applications and conducted phone interviews with our top 15 candidates. From there we selected the 10 students who would have joined us this summer. These students appear below.

Given the continued spread of COVID-19 and the increasing uncertainty across our country and the world, the decision was made to suspend our REU program for summer 2020. This was a very difficult decision as we recognize that this program provides valuable outside-the-classroom learning, direct research experience, financial support, community, and career development for the future of our field. We are inviting the 2020 cohort to defer their acceptances to summer 2021 if that is of interest to them.

What is REU?
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 early August. 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 2020 ESMEI Summer Interns! (We hope to see you in 2021)

Mandy Bowden is from Norcross, Georgia. She attends the University of Georgia where she is a senior in Atmospheric Science and Geography. Her research interests include tropical meteorology, modifying meteorological scales, and studying vulnerable communities impacted by weather events. Mandy enjoys golfing, writing stories, fishing and hiking.

Becca Checkoway calls Buford, Georgia home. Like Mandy, she also attends the University of Georgia, majoring in Atmospheric Science and Geography. She is a senior interested in mesoscale meteorology, climate change and its impacts, and machine learning. In her spare time, Becca enjoys playing flute, band, and reading.

Moab, Utah is the hometown of Thomas DeWitt. Thomas is a senior at Weber State University, majoring in Physics. His research interests include cloud physics, atmospheric fluid dynamics, urban heat islands, orographic effects. His hobbies include cycling, sewing backpacks, skiing, cooking and backpacking.

Billy Faletti is from Granville, IL. He is a senior majoring in Meteorology at Northern Illinois University. Billy is interested in severe convective storms and mesoscale meteorology. His hobbies include storm chasing, nature and landscape photography, gardening, and playing guitar.

Centreville, MD is the hometown of Gillian Felton. Gillian is a junior at the University of Northern Colorado studying Meteorology. Socioeconomic impacts of weather, how to improve warning systems for various forms of severe weather, and supercell processes are research interests. Gillian enjoys hiking, writing poetry, playing the Sims 3, spending time with her cat, and playing lacrosse with her family.

Sam Lesmerises is from Loudon, NH. She is a senior at Northern Vermont University-Lyndon where she is majoring in Climate Change Science & Environmental Science. Sam's research interests include climate science, chemistry, and the natural world. She enjoys Animal Crossing, running, skiing, and participating all around campus as a Campus Activities Board member, student ambassador, and more!

Emily Luschen is from Oklahoma City, OK. She is a senior majoring in Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. Emily's research interests include cloud physics, synoptic, and mesoscale meteorology. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, watching plays, telling good jokes.

Anushka Narayanan is a junior at Cornell University majoring in Mathematics with an Earth & Atmospheric Science Minor. Anushka calls both Chennai, India and Chicago, IL home. Her research interests include atmosphere/ocean dynamics, climate modeling, numerical weather prediction and paleoclimate. Anushka enjoys hiking, baking, singing in her acappella group, travelling and watching movies and TV shows.

Eagleville, PA is Ashley Sebok's hometown. She is a senior majoring in Meteorology with Math and Geology minors at the University of Pennsylvania - Millersville. Ashley's research interests are tropical meteorology, severe weather, cloud physics, and remote sensing. Her hobies include reading, hiking, painting and woodworking.

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