The Department of Atmospheric Sciences encourages all students to complete an undergraduate research project prior to graduation. Department policy dictates that students are either paid for the time that they spend doing research for a faculty member or that they receive college credit (as a technical elective or capstone experience), but not both. Research opportunities are usually restricted to juniors and seniors. Students interested in performing an undergraduate research project need to arrange a meeting with one or more of the faculty members to find out what opportunities might be available.
Additional opportunities exist through the University of Utah Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). UROP provides assistantships up to $1,200 for any first-time UROP student who assists with a faculty member's research or creative project, or who carries out a project of her/his own under the supervision of a faculty member. Students may apply for a UROP assistantship for any semester (summer included), and are eligible to apply for a one semester renewal of their assistantship. Renewals for any semester may be funded up to $600. All UROP students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Undergraduate Research Symposium which typically takes place in early April each year.