New multinational company international research experience opportunity – France/Belgium REU for experienced LSAMP students

 

New multinational company international research experience opportunity – France/Belgium REU for experienced LSAMP students. funding for faculty mentors, European Masters equivalence, and call for nominations asap and before Feb 15, please.

 

First REU opportunity in an international company to mentors and experienced LSAMP students across your alliance.   This is a fantastic opportunity for the right student and LSAMP mentor – would strengthen an NSF Graduate research Fellowship or NSF CAREER application, for instance.

We also particularly invite nominations for Bordeaux – as this is the first year for Bordeaux in the “LSAMP iREU” we want to assure LSAMP student benefit from this fantastic location just two hours from Paris.   Therefore interested faculty mentors or students (with strong multi-semester research experience generating publication-quality results) can contact us directly and we will work with them to suggest matches.   – see also below     R. Duran, PhD

 

The company is Schneider Electric (http://www.schneider-electric.us/en/about-us/about-us.jsp ) and a short project description follows.  “SOCFPGA Virtual Platform evaluation for firmware development” Keywords to describe the project: socfpga, linux, SystemC, TLM, driver, qemu, simulink, virtual, firmware, embedded software    Project description:  The project consists of evaluating a Virtual Platform (VP) in TLM/SystemC representing a socfpga platform. At first, this VP will have to be completed with new models for IPs in the FPGA part. From there a firmware based on linux will be used to validate this new version of the VP. The evaluation will utilize key criteria for firmware users such as usability, performance and ability to be connected with other virtual platforms or simulators (simulink, openmodelica, …).

Skills required:  C/C++, firmware (embedded software) development, linux kernel BSP porting, socfpga platform, Simulation environments of MCUs: SystemC, QEMU, GEM5

Mentors-let us know if you have a student well-suited to this specialized opportunity.

 

 

Overall REU information updated.   We seek to make $5,000 faculty awards and we seek student nominations for the 2016 US/France/Belgium iREU Site in Translational Chemistry .

This REU is very much about enhancing publication-quality international research success for US undergraduates by also involving US Mentors….new features:

 

  • A route for students to get equivalence of a European Master’s degree with a six month research stay
  • $5,000 Collaborative Research Initiation Awards for selected US mentors each year
  • An international seminar speaker clearinghouse, to bring European mentors to LSAMP sites
  • Addition of Bordeaux, France
  • AAAS Individual Development Plan

 

This program operates exclusively by mentor nominations – these are simple half page emails to start – no more – see bottom section below. There is no student application form in the traditional sense, LSAMP students can and should help inform their faculty mentor, but rather, faculty mentors who know well the research skills of their LSAMP student nominate via a short email that speaks in compelling terms of their nominee’s specific capabilities to succeed in one of several dozen predefined “world-class” research groups in Grenoble, Bordeaux, Toulouse (France), and Leuven (Belgium). Mentors also speak to how the research abroad connects to ongoing activities in their groups and in this way most REU participants return with added skills that enhance their multi-semester undergraduate research track and also their home mentor’s ongoing research.  We prefer to send students that have the academic flexibility to extend their stay to six months and to this point about 25% of students in the first three years extended. In turn, the most compelling faculty nominators will receive $5000 Collaborative Research Initiation Awards to strengthen the international connection, at least two this year – details on the faculty/LSAMP director nomination are at the bottom of this email.

 

Our iREU seeks participants who are able to obtain publication-quality results right from the beginning of their research abroad – some will have already published, most will have presented research at an off-campus scientific meeting. Thus a requirement is multiple semesters of research experience on their own campus, and most have excelled at one or more research experiences at another off-campus research program.  The program is well suited to seniors who intend to continue with graduate school and have the ability to extend their time abroad. In its first three years about 10 of the first 25 participants are headed towards being co-authors on a peer-reviewed publication with the French/Belgian (and in an increasing number of cases also their US Co-mentor).

 

As a student, if you’ve gotten this far and can say “I am an LSAMP student with an outstanding research track record. I have the required research skills.   I am absolutely not a “premed”. I am a US citizen. This aligns with the research activity of my mentor at my school”…… it’s a great sign. ……… Help your mentor by carefully checking out the options below – look up and print out the best publications and be ready to convince your mentor “we talked about that publication in group meeting” or “look what I could bring back to the group after 3-6 months in this international lab.”

In a word, these are for 3 -12 month long research projects that can involve graduating seniors, or juniors – LSAMP students are our highest recruiting priority – we will make offers to outstanding nominees asap, and our target date to have filled all slots is before Feb 15, 2016. Nominations must come from an LSAMP program director or professor who knows the student well – and we will work with Sites to maximize the number of participants.  The Following (very long, sorry!) email will  introduce mentors at the four 2016 locations.

Sites and Mentors for 2016:  We will send students to Bordeaux, Leuven (imec), Toulouse, and Grenoble this summer.   Below are four tables with a few dozen choices – we recommend that LSAMP mentors and student nominees contemplate this list to see if there is a good fit that benefits your LSAMP program or the research group of one of your faculty – collaborators and potential collaborators are ideal!  Selected recent publications for the mentors appear in the list of publications at the bottom and of course great LSAMP students will look up others to be well informed.

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BORDEAUX (note, many other Bordeaux mentors in chemistry/materials may also be feasible – we will work with mentors and/or experienced LSAMP students to identify optimal mentors for this location)

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 LEUVEN (now 9, but only these 9 mentors for 2016)

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 Toulouse (other mentors in the chemistry/materials areas may be feasible as well in Toulouse)

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Grenoble   (a new strategic partnership in place with Grenoble means that for 2016 many other mentors in the chemistry/materials/engineering/physics areas may be feasible as well in Grenoble )

 

Name Location Research Area #UG pubs
Said Sadki1   Grenoble Synthesis of Electroactive polymers
Patrice Rannou2 Grenoble Organized Organic (Semi)conductors
Khoi Tran3,4 Grenoble Chemical techniques to restore art
Gerard Gebel5,6  Grenoble Synchrotron analysis of ion flow
Olivier Renaudet7 Grenoble Multivalent glycoclusters
Carole Duboc8 Grenoble Manganese complexes
Gaël Pillonnet9 Grenoble Semiconductor charcterization
Nathalie Berthet10 Grenoble Orthogonal synthesis for synthetic vaccines Young 0
Pascal Pochet11 Grenoble Computation of nanomaterials   0
Thissen Roland12 Grenoble High resolution mass spectroscopy
Michel Bardet13 Grenoble Solid state NMR and EPR-NMR mixed methods
Anne Milet14 Grenoble Computational Science   7
Emmanuel Hadji15 Grenoble Fabricating optical materials by semiconductor processing  5
Eric Saint-Aman16 Grenoble Electroactive nanomaterial synthesis   8
Frederic Chandezon17 Grenoble Characterization of electroactive polymers   11
Kuntheak Kheng18 Grenoble Ultrafast spectroscopy quantum dots   5
Pascale Chenevier19 Grenoble Functionalizing carbon nanotubes   5
Serge Cosnier20 Grenoble Immunosensors and DNA sensors   20
Reduin Borsali21 Grenoble Self assembly of biopolymers   ?
Helene Joisten22 Grenoble Magnetic nanorobots for biology
Jean Francois Poisson23 Grenoble Asymmetric syntheses
Didier Boturyn24 Grenoble Chemselective ligations   19
Didier Gasparutto25 Grenoble Chemical analysis of DNA damage
Serge Gambarelli26 Grenoble Radicals and EPR
Bernard Dieny27 Grenoble Magnetic devices
Sylvie Chardon28 Grenoble Electrochemistry – electrosynthesis
Marie Noelle Colomb29 Grenoble Inorganic chemistry EPR photochemistry 11
Christophe Bucher30 Grenoble Macrocyclic chemistry, Porphyrins 3
Luc Choisnard31 Grenoble Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Marie Le Druillennec Grenoble Thin film characterization
Guillaume Jourdan32 optomechanical inertial sensors
Louis Hutin33 Characterization of advanced CMOS
Thomas Alava34 Graphene Transistors for biological sensing
Christophe Dubarry35 Design of lithium microbatteries
Cedric Poulain36 Acoustic manipulation of bacteria
Christophe Masselon37 NEMS-based mass measurements of bio-nano-particles
Winnie Ling38 Structural analysis of protein complexes by electron microscopy
Jean-Philippe Poizat39 Coupling a single quantum dot to a mechanical oscillator
Christel Carles40 Characterization of chromatin regulators

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Bordeaux: UBx is the third largest university in France, with over 52,000 students, including 2,000 PhD students, 8,000 foreign students, and nearly 3,000 academic and research staff. Most of its research labs are joint research units with national research organizations. Fifteen LIA (International Associated Laboratories) participations have been identified and eight are underway including one with the University of Kyoto in Chemistry/Material Science for September 2015.

The University of Bordeaux, labeled a “Campus of Excellence” by the French government in 2011, as such UBx and its partners were awarded significant funding to support their international profile and excellence, both in research and in education. This program, “IdEx Bordeaux”, offers numerous opportunities for international mobility (among them, a very attractive visiting scholars program that aims at fostering the development of international collaboration, particularly in the field of research). Chemistry is among the most active research communities of the Bordeaux campus, gathering ~400 faculty members, permanent and postdoctoral researchers, PhD students and engineers working on disciplines ranging from molecular, macromolecular, solid state and biological chemistry to soft condensed matter and materials sciences.  Several example initiatives include The Advanced MAterials by Design Laboratory of Excellence – LabEx (AMADEus ANR-10-LABX-0042) is one of the programs of excellence supported by the French government in the field of chemistry. This LabEx has the ambition to become a worldwide-recognized major cluster in materials science, engineering and technology, carrying out scientific research and innovation at the interfaces of chemistry, physics, biology and engineering. Materials are key components for the products manufactured by almost all industrial sectors. Thanks to highly experienced research teams offering a unique combination of scientific competences, the LabEx expects to achieve major breakthroughs in three main fields: (i) Organic electronics, in order to switch from silicon-based to organic semiconductors, which are much more flexible and can be formulated in the form of inks; (ii) Metamaterials, which are artificial composite materials with extraordinary electromagnetic and acoustic properties; and (iii) Bioactive materials, which may serve as matrices to conduct tissue regeneration, and to support cell transplantation in implants by means of tissue engineering. Bordeaux hosts an industrial chaired professorship Arkema, a leading French chemical company.   It also maintains “ChemInnov”(http://enscbp.bordeaux-inp.fr/spip.php?rubrique63) a technology transfer platform, and “CANOE”( http://www.plateforme-canoe.com/where-we-are/) a scale-up facility. It should be noted that the massive 2011 government investment also brought renovated housing and now a tram system directly links the university with the historic old town. Bordeaux is a region of its own, world-renowned for wine, food, and the influence of the Atlantic and nearby England.

 

Leuven and IMEC:  www.imec.be The historic college town of Leuven is a mere 15 minutes away from Brussels and its International Airport (BRU). Few towns in Belgium appeal to the imagination more than this haven for students, where history, culture, architecture, gastronomy and modern science intermingle to form a compelling cocktail. Leuven has approximately 90,000 inhabitants. Add to these the 50,000+ students and it should come as no surprise that the streets are brimming with young faces and that the city lives at a student’s rhythm. Leuven is proud of its heritage, and rightly so. Around the 11th-12th century Leuven began to develop as an important trading center within the Duchy of Brabant. It was at this time that its first town wall, churches, monasteries and abbeys were built. The K.U.Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven) was founded in 1425, a time when various industrial concerns flourished and the main market square with its fine Gothic Town Hall was laid out. The finely sculpted Town Hall and Saint Peter’s church with its magnificent interior in which hangs the famous ‘Last Supper’ by Dirk Bouts, are fine examples  of flamboyant Gothic architecture at its best. The town still owes much of its character to the numerous university college buildings dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, many of which were renovated in the 18th century. Van Dale College is pure Renaissance style and De Valk College, Pauscollege (Pope’s College) and the Arras College are neo-classical style. K.U.Leuven is also a charter member of the League of European Research Universities, and European surveys rank K.U.Leuven among the top ten European universities in terms of its scholarly output. Now, with more than 31,000 students and more than 5,000 academic staff, this academic reputation attracts students from all over the world (~12% are international students from more than 120 nations).  Each year around 600 international European Union Erasmus students spend part of their study program in Leuven, while more than 500 K.U.Leuven students share the same European experience at another university. Beyond these exchange programs, the university has organized many English language courses within its international academic programs so shorter term students are not required to follow Dutch-language classes.

The Inter-University Micro Electronics Center (imec), performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics. In the spirit of the proposed program, it is very much a model for translational chemistry and materials research. In its research labs, imec scientists and engineers collaborate with experts from its partners: top companies such as Intel[i], research institutes and universities in ICT, healthcare, communication and energy. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium (where the REU participants will do their research), and has offices in the Netherlands, China, Japan, Taiwan and the USA.  1,900 people work at imec. These include 336 residents, visiting researchers from partner companies and institutes, and 208 PhD researchers. Imec’s employees alone represent 66 nationalities. The average age of its staff is 37 years. In 2010, imec published 1,763 articles and conference contributions. 26 prizes were awarded to imec’s researchers for their research papers, posters, or articles. In 2010, 143 imec patents were awarded. A further 139 patents were submitted. Imec collaborates with over 600 companies and 175 universities worldwide. Since imec’s start in 1984, it helped start 35 spin-off companies. In 2010, imec’s revenue (P&L) was 285 million euro, while its federal funding from the Flemish government amounted to 42.8 million euro.

 

 

 

Toulouse is the capital of the “Midi-Pyrénées” region, and the fourth largest French city (~ 800,000) is culturally dominated by is position in the South, near the Mediterranean and Spain.  The university in Toulouse is one of the largest French universities, situated on a large campus at the southern limit of the city boundary. Each year it turns out more than 10,000 graduates and more than 500 PhDs in the fields of science, technology, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, teaching or research. UPS has 2350 professors & lecturers, 1200 researchers, 1400 engineers, technicians and administrative staff. UPS is also n°2 (after Paris) in term of contracts of research (National Research Agency). Three examples of specific institutes are CEMES, LCC, and IPBS, and in addition students can be hosted in the traditional chemistry department and a variety of other institutes associated with the university.

CEMES is dedicated to the fabrication, understanding, modeling and manipulation of matter at the atomic scale.  There, physicists and chemists invent and fabricate materials, nanomaterials and molecules of desirable properties and integrate them into demonstrating devices. It houses 69 permanent researchers devoted to research in crystalline materials under stress, nanomaterials and nanosciences; four platforms support the scientific activities such as characterization, nanofabrication, engineering and support. In addition, CEMES is composed 44 research-based engineers, technicians and administrative staff, 31 professors and assistant professors from Toulouse University, and 70-90 students (masters and PhD) and post-doctoral fellows. Together, CEMES personnel enjoy state-of-the-art equipment including 5 electron transmission microscopes devoted to chemical analysis, defect identification, atomic imaging, electron holography and in-situ studies, 5 near-field microscopes (STM, UHV-low-T STM, NC-AFM, SNOM), several X-ray diffractometers including a WAXS and a SAXS, Raman, PL and Raman-Brillouin spectrometers, a ultra-low energy ion implantor. 2 sputtering/deposition, a MBE and 2 FIB machines are run and maintained by the platforms. In particular, we have established a collaboration efforts with the Nanoscience group led by Andre Gourdon and Gwenael Rapenne. This group specializes in design and synthesis, theory and simulation, and observation, measurement and manipulation of particles at nano-pico meter scales. Since the early 2000s this group has trained more than a dozen REU students from the PIs previous programs enjoying great success.

The LCC was created in 1974 as a dedicated CNRS (Center of National Scientific Research) laboratory. It focuses on fundamental and applied aspects of molecular transition-metal chemistry and hetero-elements chemistry in the context of sustainable growth. Its objectives are targeted on life sciences, atom economy, nanosciences and materials for the future. There are three main lines of research i) catalysis and fine chemicals with chemical engineering, ii) molecular materials with physical properties, and iii) bio-inorganic chemistry and the role of metals in biology, interacting with life sciences, among others. A highly-qualified human potential (100 persons, including research and technical staff) provides advanced training in research for about 100 students, doctoral candidates and post-doctoral fellows in close partnership with a number of public and private enterprises in France, Europe, and over the world. LCC averages about 180 publications per year in peer-review international scientific journals. Instrumentations and services offered at LCC include chemical analysis, thermic analysis, X-ray diffraction, electrochemistry, magnetic measurement, atomic force microscopy, electron microscopy, magnetic nuclear resonance, electric paramagnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, electric and vibrational spectroscopy, Mossbauer spectroscopy, stopped-flow, among others. In particular, we have established a collaboration efforts with the Biological and Chemistry group led by Peter Feller. This group specializes in understanding at the molecular level the role of transition metals in neurodegenerative disease (e.g. Alzheimer’s). Since the early 2000s, this group has trained two previous REU students enjoying great success.

IPBS is a newly identified research site for our program. This institute was funded in 1996 and is currently dedicated to the discovery, characterization and validation of novel important pathways and molecular targets in the fields of cancer and infectious diseases, using molecular and cellular biology approaches coupled to the analyses of structure/function relationships of biomolecules. IPBS is composed of a personnel of more than 250 people: 90 permanent scientists (CNRS, Inserm, Toulouse University), 65 permanent engineers and technicians, and about 100 non-permanent fellows, including masters/PhD students, postdoctoral fellow and technicians. IPBS has an annual budget of about 21.1 million euros. The institute is organized in three departments: i) Structural Biology & Biophysics, ii) Cancer Biology, and iii) Tuberculosis and Infection Biology. It also integrates 7 technological platforms, including proteomics, nuclear magnetic resonance, crystallography and structure-based drug design, functional imaging, Animal experimentation (including BSL-3 facilities), and transgenosis. In terms of publications, IPBS has published between 2009-2014, for example, over 500 publications in peer-reviewed international journals. Over the same time period, the institute enjoyed a strong commitment to the interaction with industry and clinicians, resulting in 22 patents and extensions, 29 contracts with pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and 78 contracts with the private sector. In terms of education, IPBS associates 36 professors in charge of 2 MS programs (biochemistry and biotechnology, and microbiology), and are involved in 5 master coursers and 82 teaching modules. From 2009-14, for instance, IPBS has graduated over 70 PhD and master students; currently, IPBS hosts 33 PhD students and 36 post-doctoral fellows. In particular, we have established a collaboration effort with the group led by Olivier Neyrolles, which specializes in understanding the mycobacterial interactions with Host Cells. This (2015) is the first year an REU student was placed in IPBS.

Toulouse is above all, a center of attraction for high tech industries. Among the 22 French egions, Midi-Pyrénées is n°1 in the world for aeronautics, n°2 in Europe for spatial studies, n°1 in France for region for the % of Gross Domestic Product devoted to research. Several thousand researchers (aeronautics and space, electronics, chemistry, data processing, robotics, biology, agronomy, veterinary and medical sciences) contribute to giving Toulouse the status of a center of reference in Europe. Moreover, as the first European metropolis for Aeronautics (Airbus) and space (Ariane rocket) with the National Center of Space Research (C.N.E.S.), Alcatel, Matra, Aerospatiale, Toulouse is a crossroads of advanced technology, while when summer comes, terraces become overcrowded until very late at night and people like to stroll around. The city life-style attacks over 15,000 newcomers every year. For these reasons and more, the city of Toulouse was selected to organize the ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum) in July 2018 as further described in the Supporting Documents section.  Historically ever-present is also its role in medieval history, the crusades, and “pays Cathare”.

 

Grenoble: is a city of about a 200,000 inhabitants and situated on the Isere river in southeastern France, Grenoble is surrounded by the Alps. Its compact size, distinguished history (the diocese of Grenoble was founded in 377 AD), public transportation, and outstanding arts and culture facilities make it a particularly safe and pedestrian-friendly city.  Its 60,000+ student population (16% international) and  21,000+ researchers make it the top city per capita in France in both categories. Its proximity to mountains, the Mediterranean, Italy, and Switzerland all contribute to make it a desirable location for REU participants.

At the heart of all these facilities and within walking distance of many is the CEA-Grenoble and the University Grenoble Alpes. This University is a top 150 Shanghai Ranking institution.  Its offerings include the sciences: Physics and Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science, Biology, Medicine and Pharmacy, Engineering and Technology, Earth Science and Astronomy/Astrophysics, Environmental Studies, Geography and Territorial Sciences, as well as kinesiology. Grenoble also has a full complement of chemistry-related infrastructure. For instance, the INAC institute (Institut Nanosciences et Cryogenie), is well equipped in the area of materials/biomaterials synthesis and characterization. INAC research areas vary from nanoscale chemistry to physics and technology to the frontier of biology, encompassing photonics, spintronics, and chemtronics. As noted in the text, from 2005-09, INAC had 192 papers published in high impact factor journals (IF>6.5) and the proportion of papers ranked among the 10% most cited worldwide fluctuates between 20 and 24%. The labs have outstanding electron microscopy – including z-STEM, scanning probe instruments – including high performance magnetic scanning instruments, evanescent spectroscopies, ultra-cold facilities, x-ray diffraction, NMR, Mass spectroscopy, protein sequencing, and extensive synthesis rounds out the equipment. Beyond INAC, and important for REU students, Grenoble is also surrounded by one of the most outstanding science and technology complexes in Europe, serving as home to the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), and dozens of high-tech companies, such as STMicroelectronics, Hewlett Packard, Siemens and others. Of direct relevance to REU students are chemistry, biotechnology, materials fabrication, (and in Grenoble) synchrotron and neutron lines that are in daily use by scientists from around the world.  These are set up for small angle scattering, EXAFS and related techniques using insertion devices, microbeam operation and the like.  ILL is noteworthy because of the high quality cold neutrons produced.  Both facilities host numerous world class set-ups for in-situ and real-time scattering/diffraction coupled with processes like flow, catalysis, fuel cell operation, magnetic fields, and the like and offer regular short courses which REU participants can attend.  MINATEC® is an innovation campus, launched in 2002, that has a goal of facilitating translational research. MINATEC® as its own 50 acre campus containing an impressive 100,000 square feet of clean room space.  Within the MINATEC® complex, REU participants will participate in collaborative efforts that link CEA and other fundamental scientists with dozens of large and small companies.  As an example of its scale, each year, the 2,400 researchers, 1,200 students, and 600 technology transfer experts involved in this structure file nearly 300 patents and publish more than 1,600 scholarly articles at MINATEC®. In addition, CLINATEC®, a new 50,000 square foot translational science center, opened in 2011 to link basic science with health sciences around the theme of brain-machine interfaces using nanochemistry, nanotechnology and microelectronics.  In this center, chemists and materials scientists are involved in translating basic research discoveries in chemical biomarkers, targetting, and electroporation to emerging ares such as neuroprostheses.   The Grenoble labs are distinctive in their links involving national laboratories, world-class user facilities and an outstanding business school.

 

The Nomination Process, What I need asap, the faculty award, and more about the REU:  It is likely that some of the best suited students plan to stay with mentors in your own AMP, those that will be most likely to merit being an eventual co-author on a publication.  Please consider nominating a “purposeful” (typically life-changing) international summer in which the LSAMP faculty mentor as well as the student benefits – indeed the faculty member may be funded, and in any case is welcome to visit the student.   Please also note that the community of scientists in all four locations is extremely deep and for this reason any group at Bordeaux, Toulouse, and a large number within the entire scientific community in Grenoble (spanning something related to chemistry/materials) may be possible.

We are requesting applications as a “nomination” email by LSAMP faculty mentors and/or LSAMP directors who know the student well and as soon as possible, before our target date of Feb 15, 2016  (OK to send “Randy,   I have the perfect student – s/he is XXXXXX – I’ll be back in touch with more asap”.  Nominations should be simple email by the mentor who speaks to the detailed research skills of the student, why the given top choice European lab is a good fit for the student’s skills.  Please include a CV of the student being nominated that highlights research success, skills, and if possible publications/presentations. For those faculty who wish to be considered for the $5,000 Collaborative Research Initiation Awards, please also address tie/connection/interest and how the top choice European mentor is a good fit for your research group and how you would use the funds if you were given complete flexibility – please keep overall nomination statement to a page or less within the body of your email.

We follow-up nominations in the order they are received; with you and with the student by phone asap. Acceptances will be made on the spot for students who are strong until the overall REU slots are filled and/or you help us fund more. These participants exemplify characteristics we seek: ability to generate publication-quality results almost immediately in a (very) new environment, inquisitive spirit and openness to full international impact and extend their stays if all goes well, responsive/reliable/adaptable; direct benefit of their research abroad to a mentor at home.   As we follow up, we will compile other information to complete dossiers.

About the summer:   All REU students will receive a generous stipend, funding towards airfare, and funded housing.   They will join significant numbers of other summer students in Grenoble/Toulouse/Bordeau/Leuven from all over Europe, as well as groups from Univ Tokyo, MIT, UPENN, Johns Hopkins, and other institutions.