Advancing Space Science through Undergraduate Research Experience (ASSURE) is an NSF-funded REU program run by the Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California, Berkeley, a nationally-renowned lab created to expand scientific knowledge of Earth’s space environment, our Solar System, and the wider cosmos. To better support ASSURE in 2023, SSL is also collaborating with Consequences of Fields and Flows in the Interior and Exterior of the Sun (COFFIES), a NASA-funded DRIVE Science Center with the goal of solving some of the most difficult mysteries hidden in the deep interior of our Sun.


The application window for the 2023 ASSURE program has closed.

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Who should apply

This program is dedicated to providing opportunities for enthusiastic and dedicated first generation college students, underrepresented minorities, community college students, and any students for whom a research opportunity may be a challenge. Students majoring in physics, math, astronomy, astrophysics, computer science, chemistry, geology, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and other related subjects are encouraged to apply.


Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree program leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree, and must also be enrolled in classes for Fall 2023. Students who are transferring from one college or university to another and are enrolled at neither institution during the intervening summer may participate. Participants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.

No research experience is required for this program. We are seeking motivated, self-starting students with an interest in space sciences and engineering who are eager to learn and expand their skills and experiences. Although not required, a basic understanding of computer programming will be helpful, as this is an important component of all projects. Check out previous project descriptions and results for examples of ASSURE student research.

Information for Letters of Reference

Please request letters of recommendation from at least one and up to two professors or professionals (preferably in your major field of study). Letters of reference must be emailed directly to and be received by the application due date (Friday, March 3, 2023).


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Projects from Previous Summers

See the pages below for student projects from previous summers of the ASSURE REU program:


The 2022 ASSURE program was funded by NSF grant number 2150055.

“Being part of SSL was a great experience. It’s not something that you just put on your resume. It’s something that you carry with you for a lifetime” — 2014 ASSURE participant