Thread: IRIS International Undergraduate Internship in Seismology & Hazards - Apply by February 15th

Started: 2019-02-07 18:18:19
Last activity: 2019-02-07 18:18:19
Apply by February 15, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern Time at

To encourage collaborative research between IRIS member institutions and
international partners, we invite international undergraduate students
and potential U.S.-based hosts to apply for internships to perform
seismological research relating to geological hazards. This program aims
to create new research and educational opportunities for international
undergraduates and to cultivate long-term partnerships across borders.
Financial support is provided by the David Simpson Innovation Fund.

International undergraduate interns are financially supported to:

* Be jointly mentored by a U.S. based researcher at an IRIS member
institution and a researcher at the student’s home institution.
* Undertake research at an IRIS member institution for a period
lasting between 8 to 10 weeks over the summer and continue the
research at their home institution after the summer internship
* Participate in the week-long IRIS REU orientation held at the
PASSCAL Instrument Center at New Mexico Tech in Socorro (May 27 to
May 31). 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 the internship at the Fall AGU meeting or
equivalent professional meeting.

Support includes a living stipend ($700/week, minus taxes), visa
application fees (up to $400), and other consumables (up to $500). Funds
to cover these expenses will be managed through a no-overhead
grant/award from IRIS to the U.S. host institution. IRIS will also
directly cover or reimburse expenses related to travel for the
internship and to attend a professional meeting.

*The application must consist of two separate but coordinated
submissions between the international student, the U.S.-based host at an
IRIS member institution, and the student's collaborating mentor at their
international, home institution:**

1. A scientific research project proposal developed jointly by the
U.S.-based host at an IRIS member institution and the international
collaborator based in a country affected by geological hazards
(earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, etc.)
2. A statement by the international (non-U.S. based) student that
focuses on their research interests and qualifications

Research projects in seismology should focus on studies related to
geologic hazards and the basic science underlying these hazards.
Projects should extend beyond current research collaborations and
represent new research directions for the student involved, rather than
a continuation of current research. We especially encourage
applications/projects that represent new partnerships between PIs that
have not worked together in the past. 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.

The program covers visa application fees, but the host’s U.S.
institution is responsible for helping the international students obtain
an appropriate visa (typically J-1). As part of developing the proposal,
U.S. hosts 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). The host must demonstrate that
they have the ability to successfully assist with the visa application
process and support international student interns on campus.

While this is intended as a summer internship program, if another time
period is more suitable based on the home institution's 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>

Andy Frassetto, PhD
Sr. Project Associate
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology

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