The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports development of globally-engaged U.S. science and engineering students capable of performing in an international research environment at the forefront of science and engineering. The IRES program supports active research participation by students enrolled as undergraduates or graduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. IRES projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the IRES program.
Application deadline August 18, 2015.
by Maggie Appel-Schumacher
From About Campus:
ANY COLLEGE ADMISSION BROCHURES picture a group of students in front of a spectacular view in a foreign country, captioned “College State University committed to service globally.” The inside features students of different races and ethnicities laughing and learning at freshman orientation or displaying their school spirit at the first college football game. Keywords in the brochure pop out at thereader: multicultural, beyond borders, commitment todiversity. This all-too-familiar admissions marketing tool sheds light on the global inclusive learning environment that universities support and their values regarding cross-cultural competencies and globalization. And while many institutions encourage students to gain intercultural experiences through study abroad and other international travel opportunities, there is a campus resource that can bring internationalization home. Known as global nomads, American students who have extensive international experience are often overlooked on campus and yet they are a unique element of the student population that, when tapped, can support institutional missions to include an international perspective in higher education.
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From VT Spotlight on Achievement:
Virginia Tech’s new bachelor’s degree in nanoscience, approved in 2014, comes with an opportunity to take those studies global through a study abroad program.
The International Perspectives on the Nanoscience of Macromolecules program is one of almost 60 study abroad options led by Virginia Tech faculty and one of the few housed in the College of Science. The first cohort of 20 students and four faculty members traveled to Germany, France, and Switzerland during the 2014 winter session to connect with researchers at the forefront of nanoscience.
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