On behalf of the American Chemical Society Global Outreach Team, it is my pleasure to announce the opening of the application window for the 2021 International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program.

The ACS IRES program is seeking applications from qualified U.S. undergraduate students to explore chemistry and chemical engineering lab research in an international setting. ACS has partnered with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to place U.S. students at German research labs from May-August 2021 (final research dates are determined between selected students at the host lab). This is a unique research opportunity for U.S. undergraduate sciences students to experience international research cooperation at its heart and developing their cross-cultural communication skills-a critical professional skill for researchers. 

Selected students will receive a generous per diem stipend, housing allowance, round-trip economy class airfare to/from Germany, and health insurance while abroad. Additionally, students will participate (and receive financial support to attend) in the 2021 DAAD Heidelberg Forum and the 2022 ACS Spring Meeting in San Diego, California. A full list of program details, including financial allowances, eligibility and application instructions can be found here. This program is generously supported through the NSF Office of International Science & Engineering. 

Uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 continues to challenge scientific and educational communities worldwide. Please note, while we fully intend to administer the 2021 ACS IRES program, the program is subject to change, including cancellation, if deemed necessary by relevant health authorities in the United States or Germany. 

Please pass on this excellent opportunity to your interested students. The application deadline is December 15, 2020. Students should visit www.acs.org/ires to learn more and apply. Please submit any questions to ires@acs.org.

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