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ACS International Research Experience for Students (IRES) Program

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November 9, 2021

The ACS International Research Experience for Students (IRES) program is seeking applications from qualified U.S. undergraduate students to conduct research in either Germany or Singapore.

Students spend 10-12 weeks working on frontier chemical and materials science research projects under the guidance of faculty members and graduate student mentors to sharpen scientific skills, develop collaborations with scientists abroad, and experience the life and culture of a foreign country. Applicants do not need to be ACS members or fluent in non-English languages. Participating students will receive:

  • Housing and meal allowance
  • Travel expenses
  • Language training allowance
  • International medical insurance coverage
  • Participation in professional conferences

Qualified students must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a full-time student in a chemistry, materials science, biochemistry or chemical engineering program at an accredited U.S. university or college
  • Be a current 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate student
  • Have one semester or summer of prior work experience in a research lab outside of normal coursework
  • Have a GPA above 3.4 on a 4.0 scale

ACS IRES Program in Germany

For the summer of 2022, up to 7 students from the United States will be selected to conduct research in Germany and receive material support through the ACS IRES program. Research in Germany is conducted in tandem with and facilitated by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) RISE Program. More information about student support can be found in the Financial Consideration sections on the page linked below.

This portion of the exchange is only for U.S. undergraduate students enrolled at a U.S. institution. Students must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students do not need to be a member of ACS nor is membership status a criteria used in judging applicants.

IRES Program in Singapore
Up to three students from the United States will be selected to conduct research at the National University of Singapore (NUS). More information will be available soon.