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Atmospheric and Space Sciences

Atmospheric and space sciences researchers at Michigan Technological University work in the largest laboratory there is: the universe itself. Applying physical laws and engineering principles to the workings of the cosmos, Michigan Tech researchers learn about the origin, structure, evolution, ecology, and applications of the universe and its constituents. They investigate countless vexing topics, from issues of security and sustainability to wireless communications and aerospace engineering.

By leveraging world-class facilities and resources (like our one-of-a-kind cloud chamber that simulate high-altitude cloud conditions and our large-size vacuum chambers used to test plasma space propulsion), Tech’s researchers can model the Earth’s atmosphere—and the atmospheres of other planets—in order to solve some of the most difficult problems facing scientists and engineers today. With so many mysteries of the universe left unsolved, atmospheric and space scientists aim to make sense of phenomena ranging from the smallest atomic particles to the universe’s largest galaxies.

Graduate Research

At Michigan Tech, graduate students work one on one with faculty to conduct research in atmospheric and space sciences and related areas.

Are you a prospective or current graduate student? Connect with faculty members whose research interests are related to atmospheric and space sciences through our faculty locator.

Undergraduate Research

Our undergraduate students receive valuable hands-on learning and research experiences through enterprise and senior design teams. Learn more about related undergraduate research:

Enterprise Teams

Students earn credit for working on real client projects across multiple disciplines. Active enterprise teams in related categories include:

Senior Design Projects

Senior Design experiences provide students with an opportunity to further develop their teamwork and communication skills through unstructured "real-world" problem-solving.


Careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are more in demand than ever. Michigan Tech offers a variety of STEM outreach programs to help spark the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers.

Mind Trekkers

The Mind Trekkers traveling road show revels the science behind the mystery! Hands-on activities allow young and old learners alike to experience STEM in new and exciting ways. Walk on water, make ice cream in 60 seconds, and shatter roses like glass. Check the schedule to see when Mind Trekkers will be in your area.

Learn more about Mind Trekkers

Summer Youth Programs

Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs (SYP) is not your ordinary summer camp! SYP offers more than 50 career and adventure explorations for grades 6–11. Learn new software, rappel down a cliff, fly an airplane, cast molten metal, build a robot, produce a film . . . the opportunities are endless. The weeklong explorations are a great chance to explore college life at Michigan Tech.

Learn more about SYP

Western UP Center for Math, Science, and Environmental Education

The Western UP Center (a partnership between Copper Country Intermediate School District, Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District, and Michigan Tech) offers a wide variety of award-winning student and community programs including:

  • summer institutes and courses for teachers,
  • Great Lakes education,
  • investigations aboard Michigan Tech’s Research Vessel Agassiz,
  • outdoor science field trips, and
  • family forest, science, and engineering nights.

Learn more about WUP Center

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