This REU is very much about student learning gains by enhancing publication-quality international research success and by also involving US Mentors….important 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
- AAAS Individual Development Plan
Mentor Nominations: This program operates exclusively by mentor nominations – these are simple half page emails– no more, see template at bottom of this long email for more. There is no student application form in the traditional sense. LSAMP students can and should help inform their faculty mentor. Faculty mentors who know well the research skills of their LSAMP student nominate speaking in compelling terms of their nominee’s specific capabilities to succeed in any of the following chemistry-centric research groups.
The $5000 faculty award and identifying the best group in Europe: LSAMP faculty mentors with students in chemistry and chemistry-related, areas but not biology select from the “world-class” research groups below. Mentor nominations should 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 send students for 12 week minimum and particularly encourage students to extend their stay to six months and to this point about 25% of students 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.
Multiple semester previous research experience required: Our iREU seeks participants able to obtain publication-quality results 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. For example, last year two of our participants won the NSF GRFP (so far) and one is applying to the NSF GROW award right now.
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 mentor options 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.”
For more information about this opportunity, kindly read the below email in PDF.