Thread: IRIS International Undergraduate Summer Internship in Subduction Zone Science - Apply Now

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Applications from partner US/International co-mentors and students are
due *February 28, 2018, 11:59 PM Eastern Time*.

International collaboration is essential to advancing subduction zone
science. To facilitate research partnerships between IRIS member
institutions and international partners, we invite applications for IRIS
international undergraduate summer internships in Subduction Zone
Science. The goal of the program is to provide research and training
opportunities for international undergraduates, and to help cultivate
long-term international research and educational partnerships in the
seismology community. Financial support for the program is provided by
the Simpson Innovation Fund.

Proposals should be developed jointly by a US-based scientist at an IRIS
member institution and an international scientist based in a country
affected by subduction-related hazards. Research projects should focus
on understanding processes that underlie subduction zone hazards. Strong
preference will be given to projects involving partner institutions from
developing countries and/or countries with limited existing resources
for research opportunities in geophysics and seismology for
undergraduates. Applications are limited to projects that extend beyond
current research collaborations and represent new research directions
for the students involved, rather than a continuation of current
research. We encourage applications/projects that represent new
partnerships between PIs that have not worked together in the past.

The internship program covers round trip airfare, student stipend
($575/week), visa application fees, and consumables (up to $600). The
program also provides funding for interns to present their results at
the Fall AGU or equivalent professional meeting. Funds to cover these
expenses will be managed through a no-overhead grant/award from IRIS to
the US host institution.

While the program covers visa application fees, the U.S. based mentor’s
institution is responsible for helping the international students obtain
an appropriate visa. As part of developing the proposal, mentors should
consult with their appropriate campus office (e.g. international student
office or equivalent) regarding the visa application process and how
best to provide the stipend (through payroll, reimbursement, or per
diem). Host mentors must demonstrate they have the ability to
successfully assist with the visa application process and support
international student interns on campus.

*Students, apply here:
**Mentors/hosts, apply here:

As part of this program undergraduate interns will:

* Be jointly advised by a U.S. based scientist at an IRIS member
institution and a scientist at the international student’s home
* Carry out research at an IRIS member institution for a period
lasting between 8 to 12 weeks over the summer and are expected to
continue the research at her/his home institution after the summer
internship concludes.
* Be invited to participate in the week long IRIS REU orientation held
at the PASSCAL Instrument Center at New Mexico Tech in Socorro (May
28 to June 1). The REU orientation provides international students
the opportunity to meet interns in the IRIS REU program to build
community, receive an overview of some of the most exciting aspects
of modern seismology, and develop research skills.
* Present results from their research at the Fall AGU meeting or
similar international meeting.

While this is intended as a summer internship program, if another time
period is more suitable based on the home institutions academic calendar
there is flexibility in this regard. Be sure to state in the proposal if
another time period is preferred.

General questions should be addressed to Anne Meltzer (ameltzer AT If you experience any problems with the application
process, please contact Andy Frassetto (andyf AT

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