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November 16 , 2009
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In this issue:

  • Internship Identification Workshop
  • IREU Summer Research Internship


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Internship Identification Workshop

Everyone is invited to the Internship Identification Workshop on Thursday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m. in SC 336!

Learn to identify internship and research opportunities and how to proceed through the application process.

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IREU Summer Research Internship Application Information for U.S. Students

The following information is for U.S. students interested in applying for summer research opportunities in Germany, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom through the ACS International Research Experiences for Undergraduates (IREU) exchange program.

Research internships start in mid-May or later. Dates vary by country and research group, and will be arranged on an individual basis. Visit the websites for more information.

Internships are available at the following institutions:

Summer 2010 Research Projects

Who can apply?

To apply for the ACS-IREU program, you must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Be currently enrolled full-time as undergraduates in chemistry or a discipline closely related to chemistry, such as biochemistry or chemical engineering
  • Have prior experience working in a research laboratory (outside of the normal coursework)
  • Be rising juniors or seniors by the end of the program

Student Responsibilities and Expectations

Students accepted to the program are expected to:

  • Work full-time (40+ hours per week) in the laboratory
  • Submit a full scientific report of research results to the ACS
  • Prepare an abstract and present a poster at the Fall ACS national meeting.
  • Maintain communication with ACS program organizers throughout their stay in Europe via email, phone, or other means
  • Complete program entrance and exit surveys and respond to future yearly surveys from ACS regarding career/graduate school choices

How to apply?

The deadline to apply for a summer research internship is January 31, 2010.

APPLICATION FOR: CPE-Lyon (France), University of Perugia (Italy), and University of Strathclyde (Scotland, UK)
If you are interested in working at a research laboratory in Italy, France, or the United Kingdom (Scotland), you must:
  1. Complete the online application form by January 31, 2010. You will receive a confirmation email upon submission.
  2. Arrange for 2 professors (at least one must be a chemistry professor) to complete the online recommendation form by Jan. 31, 2010.

    Please provide the link (http://fs18.formsite.com/acs-ireu2010/form062289016/index.html) to your professors. An automatic email confirmation will be sent to your professor confirming that we received the form.
  3. Send an official transcript of your grades by Jan. 31, 2010, to:

    American Chemical Society
    Office of International Activities
    IREU Program
    1155 Sixteenth Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20036
You may select multiple research projects and rank them in order of preference. If two institutions accept the same student, the final placement will be made based on the student’s background, training, and specific needs of the research projects. Students will receive:
  • a stipend (paid in US $) equivalent to 650 euro/month to cover living expenses (housing, meals, etc.)
  • round-trip airfare
  • paid expenses for a pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C.
  • $750 reimbursement for presenting results at the 2010 ACS national meeting
  • $350 reimbursement for language instruction
  • Health and accidental insurance

NOTE: Your host institution/mentor will make housing arrangements.

APPLICATION FOR: Germany institutions (Application opens December 7)
If you are interested in research in Germany, you must: Apply through the German Academic Exchange Service‘s Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE) program by January 31, 2010. Be sure to submit a complete application and provide a response for the question asking whether you have prior research experience. In cooperation with the DAAD, ACS will select 15 students from successful RISE applicants to receive the prestigious ACS-RISE-IREU Scholarship in lieu of the RISE benefits. You may select multiple research projects and rank them in order of preference. If two institutions accept the same student, the final placement will be made based on the student’s background, training, and specific needs of the research projects. Students will receive:
  • a stipend (paid in US $) equivalent to 650 euro/month to cover living expenses (housing, meals, etc.)
  • round-trip airfare
  • paid expenses for a pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C.
  • $750 reimbursement for presenting results at the 2010 ACS national meeting
  • $350 reimbursement for language instruction
  • Health and accidental insurance (provided by DAAD)

NOTE: Your host institution/mentor will make housing arrangements.

For more information about the scholarship, eligibility criteria or the application process:

Read Frequently Asked Questions

Email ireu@acs.org

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