Research Experience for Undergraduates in Satellite and Ground-Based Remote Sensing at NOAA-CREST

This unique NSF REU program provides opportunities for undergraduate students of the City University of New York (CUNY) to become active participants in Remote Sensing research at the NOAA Cooperative Remote Sensing Science and Technology Center (NOAA-CREST). These opportunities combine the advantages of the stimulating, multi-disciplinary, environment of a NOAA Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing with the guidance provided by mentor-oriented researchers who are committed to the education and the encouragement of women, underrepresented minorities, and students with disabilities. As a newly designated NSF Model Replication Institution (MRI), the proposed City Tech REU site and its NOAA-CREST partnerships will serve as an effective catalyst, enabling us to establish a formal program for students interested in Remote Sensing at NOAA and to develop more NOAA-funded opportunities, in addition to those opportunities funded by NSF awards. We expect that through our unique and innovate endeavors many underrepresented minority students who would otherwise not pursue STEM education altogether or would not pursue STEM education through to the graduate school level will now choose to follow the STEM corridor to either graduate education or to careers in STEM.

This program:

  • Provides undergraduate students an opportunity to conduct full-time collaborative research with a faculty mentor;
  • Inspires enthusiasm for satellite and ground-based remote sensing through a weekly seminar series that is led by faculty from within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Cooperative Remote Sensing Science and Technology Center (NOAA-CREST) consortium;
  • Encourages enrollment in graduate school through extensive student-faculty and student-student interaction and communication;
  • Improves student communication skills through oral and written presentations of their research results;
  • Recognizes student achievement via an undergraduate summer research symposium for all REU students and via the support of REU students to present their research results at national conferences;
  • Encourages research careers through career development workshops and field trips to a national laboratory and to NOAA line offices; and
  • Establishes a community of scholars through a weekly journal club, research group meetings, and the attendance of social activities with undergraduates from City Tech's Honors Scholars program, with CUNY Remote Sensing graduates, and with NOAA-CREST research faculty.