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International Research Experience for Students Overview

The International Research Experience for Students (IRES) program is hosted by the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech in partnership with the University of Nottingham, U.K. and supports international research experiences for Virginia Tech engineering students.

The IRES program will provide eligible VT engineering students (undergradute students at junior standing or above by January 2016, or graduate students graduating after May 2016) with the unique opportunity to work on collaborative research. Students will investigate the critical research areas of next generation electrical power systems. This will involve developing environmentally-friendly transport systems and the human factors issues that accompany their use and adoption.

Key features of this international research experience include:

  • Paid summer research for 10 weeks at the University of Nottingham, U.K.
  • This program includes two phases:
    • Predeparture Workshops at Virginia Tech: three workshops at Virginia Tech during the Spring 2016 semester, plus a three-week Research Planning Seminar to be held May 23-June 10, 2016.
    • International Research Experience: A seven-week overseas research experience with one of the University of Nottingham’s internationally recognized research groups: the Power Electronics, Machines and Control Research Group (PEMC), the University Technology Center (UTC) and/or the Human Factors Research Group (HFRG) Geoenergy Research Centre (GeRC), Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering/ Polymer Engineering (Dept). Tentative dates for this portion of the program are June 20-August 5, 2016.

Following the overseas experience, students will present their research findings at a student research symposium or professional conference.

This program is funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Award for a three year period (Summer 2014-2016).

For more detailed information, see the Program Details page.

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The deadline to APPLY for the Summer 2017 program will be in October or November of 2016.

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