International Research Experience for Students (IRES) in Lyon, France


Chemistry and biochemistry majors are invited to apply for a 8.5 week summer research experience hosted by Georgia Tech and Ecole Superieure de Chimie Physique Electronique (CPE) in Lyon, France. Tentative dates for the program are Monday, May 17-Thursday, July 15, 2021.* 

Working approximately 35 hours per week (i.e. full-time in France) under the supervision of CPE  research collaborators, participants will focus on a single research project on a full time basis but also gain a broad perspective on research in molecular and supramolecular chemistry and biochemistry by participating in the dynamic research environment. Available projects span the field of chemistry and biochemistry ranging from innovate nanocompounds for LED applications to design and synthesis of molecules optimized for molecular recognition. In addition to full time research, undergraduate researchers will participate in a number of professional development seminars, interactions with scientists at research facilities (e.g Pasteur and Curie Institutes in Paris, CERN, a local chemical or biochemical company), research lunches with research mentors, cultural visits, and social activities with other students.Participants will receive a stipend of $500 per week, travel to/from the host research site in Lyon, and housing. IRES participants also receive funding to travel to the spring national meeting of the American Chemical Society in the following spring semester to present their international scientific work.

Participants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents, who are pursuing a bachelor's degree in chemistry and biochemistry. To be eligible for the program, applicants must have completed at least two semesters of part-time supervised undergraduate research at their home institution or equivalent experiences. Equivalent experiences may include the completion of a previous domestic REU, research experience at a host institution, or chemical or biochemical research internship in a government or industrial lab.

*This program is pending approval and support from the National Science Foundation. An update on the status of the program is expected by March 2021. Please continue to check this website. 

To apply:

Application Deadline: February 15, 2021 

Available Summer 2021 Research Projects Areas (updated 10/8/21)

Contact: Dr. Cameron Tyson, Program Director,

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