International Undergraduate Internship in Seismology and Hazards

Applications are due February 15, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

To encourage collaborative research between IRIS member institutions and international partners, we invite international undergraduate students 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 concludes.
  • 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 submissions, coordinated between the mentors and the international student. Please consider using the host or student application templates to prepare your responses:

  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 his or her 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 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. If you experience any problems with the application process, please contact Andy Frassetto.

Section 1 of 5: Basic Information

 

 

Section 2 of 5: Demographic Information

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Section 3 of 5: Education

 

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If YES, briefly describe your prior research experience including research topic, whether the research took place during the academic year or over summer or semester breaks, and was full time (40 hours/week or more) or part time (less than 40 hours per week).

Section 5 of 5: Other Information

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Step 1: US Mentor






 


 
Mailing address





 

Step 2: International Mentor






 


 




International post code
 

Step 3: Collaborative Relationship


Briefly describe the research collaboration that will support the student intern (new collaboration, new direction an outgrowth of previous collaboration, enhancement/extension of existing collaboration, etc.)

Describe your approach to intern co-advising/mentorship during and after the summer internship when the intern returns to the home institution.

Attach an email from the international mentor agreeing to the contents of this proposal and to mentoring the intern upon her/his return to the home institution. (PDF only)
 

Briefly describe the host institution's prior experience and resources for assisting international students with obtaining a visa (i.e. Office of International Students and Scholars or equivalent) and your plan for payment of stipend (i.e. through institutional payroll process, reimbursement, per diem, or other).

You can attach up to two intern applications to your host application. Be sure to have student applicants fill out the separate student application form and include the student application form with your submission. If you are attaching two internship applicants, fill out the items below for two projects, one for each intern.

Step 4: Summer Project #1



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Please list any dates that the US and/or international mentor will be unavailable to the intern during this period (e.g. vacation, fieldwork etc)
 
 
 


If your application is accepted, this description, unedited, will be shared online

 

Milestones:

For each of the following, describe at least three goals that you and the intern will be able to use to measure their progress and growth.



 





In the space below, please provide a list of three readings that your intern will be expected to complete prior to arriving at your institution for the summer
 

Roundtrip airfare $xxx
Visa Application fee $400
Stipend* $xxx
Consumables** $xxx
Total: $xxx

* $700/week for up to 11 weeks (includes orientation week and up to 10 at host institution)
**Up to $500 is available for consumable expenses during the internship. (e.g. fieldwork expenses, office supplies, etc.):




list meeting if other than fall AGU

Step 4: Summer Project #2






Please list any dates that the US and/or international mentor will be unavailable to the intern during this period (e.g. vacation, fieldwork etc)
 
 


If your application is accepted, this description, unedited, will be shared online


Milestones:

For each of the following, describe at least three goals that you and the intern will be able to use to measure their progress and growth.



 





In the space below, please provide a list of three readings that your intern will be expected to complete prior to arriving at your institution for the summer.
 

Roundtrip airfare $xxx
Visa Application fee $400
Stipend* $xxx
Consumables** $xxx
Total: $xxx

* $700/week for up to 11 weeks (includes orientation week and up to 10 at host institution)
**Up to $500 is available for consumable expenses during the internship. (e.g. fieldwork expenses, office supplies, etc.):


 


list meeting if other than fall AGU