Lamont Summer Intern Program

Lamont Summer Intern Program

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Summer Internship Program for Undergraduates

**Notice: Application deadline has extended until February 23rd because of the problems with weather nationwide and also because of a glitch in the application form that requires retyping all punctuations in the Statement of Interest box with your keyboard except for periods.

2021 program dates: June 3rd-August 5th, 2021.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation Ocean and Earth Sciences REU Sites Program


REU Site at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Interdisciplinary Cutting-Edge Research though the Analysis of Global Data


This REU site at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has offered internships for more than two decades. Funding is provided by the US National Science Foundation (Arlington, Virginia) and is contingent upon their continued support.

The Lamont-Doherty contacts for the REU are Dr. Dallas Abbott (, 845-596-1131) and Dr. Michael Kaplan (; please direct all questions to them. The NSF contact for the REU Site program is Program Manager Dr. Lisa Rom (, 703-292-7709, 703-292-7709).  NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.

The Lamont-Doherty Summer Intern Program offers the chance to experience scientific research as an undergraduate. The program is open to US citizens or permanent residents who have completed their junior or sophomore year in college or community college with majors in earth science, environmental science, chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, or engineering. Neither graduating seniors nor international students are eligible for this internship. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

If possible, the internship will be held in-person at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University’s Earth and Environmental Science campus in Palisades New York, with students being housed in a nearby college dormitory.  However, should the Covid-19 Pandemic prevent an in-person program, it will be held remotely, following the model of the very successful 2020 remote program.

Applicants should have an interest in conducting research in the Earth, Ocean, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences. Two previous college-level courses in one or more of these areas are desirable if they are available to the student. All students are preferred to have at least one year of calculus (high school or college) and/or good grades in college level mathematics. Students choosing research in geochemistry and chemical oceanography should have at least two semesters of college-level chemistry; in marine biology at least two semesters of college-level biology; and in geophysics should have at least two semesters of college-level physics.  However, exceptions may be made in cases where the applicant’s college does not offer appropriate courses.

The program features:

  • A hands-on research project under the supervision of a Columbia-affiliated scientist;
  • Opportunities to discuss science with both experts and peers
  • Training in data analysis techniques, using software environments such as GeoMapApp, R, Matlab, and Python
  • Training in lab safety, professional ethics and career opportunities
  • Special lectures, workshops and fieldtrips;
  • Free housing in a Dominican college dormitory;
  • Ten-week stipend of $6000.

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