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Partnership in International Research and Education, NSF Program

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2012 "Junior Summer Abroad" Research Program in Europe
for Undergraduate U.S. Students

European Universities


University of Vienna, Austria

University of Pisa, Italy

University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Come and experience one of the best research experiences of your life! During this 8-week study abroad program, you will be exposed to international research, education and culture. In addition, you will be working in an experienced, collaborative research team to develop and apply algorithms and software for simulating reactions with organic materials that involve transitions between electronic states. Don't know exactly what kind of science this is? Well, if you have a chemistry background and an enthusiasm for learning new science, we will help you to become familiar with this exciting area of complex systems research that is becoming more important in the global environment.


We offer:
  • 8 weeks at the University of Pisa, Italy: June 4 - July 27, 2012
  • $2,000 stipend
  • housing, food and air fare paid
  • extensive contact with graduate student mentors and professors
  • theoretical and computational chemistry research projects
  • training in cyberinfrastructure
  • assistance in helping the students arrange tours and outings
  • participation in a concluding workshop
To qualify, the candidate:
  • must be a United States citizen
  • must have completed the junior year of undergraduate study by summer 2012, but not the senior year; majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, computer science, chemical engineering, materials science, or related discipline, with an interest in chemistry and/or scientific computing; must have completed one semester of physical chemistry or related course(s); particular attention will be paid to applicants considering graduate studies, with a theoretical/computational research interest in chemistry or other science and engineering disciplines.
  • completed application must be submitted by January 31, 2012

Application Procedure:

U.S. Mentors: Bill Hase and Yu Zhuang, Texas Tech University; John Tully, Yale University; Theresa Windus, Iowa State University

Additional Program Support: Robert A. Welch Foundation, Office of International Affairs at Texas Tech University
Designer and Web Manager: Sailesh Baidya, Manisha Bajracharya,Yugendra Guvvala, Texas Tech University