The University of Nevada, Reno Undergraduate Research and the University Study Abroad Consortium (USAC) are offering a program aimed at providing undergraduate students an opportunity to do research abroad and earn credits towards their degree. Students selected for this program will participate in an 8- to 10-week research experience with a mentor at a university in another country under the auspices of the USAC program and Undergraduate Research. You will work one-on-one with your selected mentor and their research team on an active research project in your field of interest. Mentors and their research projects are listed in the informational downloads on this page. All mentors speak English and the research will be conducted in English. All participants will be required to take intensive language during the first summer session unless the student has already completed the equivalent of one year of university level foreign language or is a native speaker. This program is designed to allow students to have an international research experience while still making progress towards completing their major and particularly supports students in STEM disciplines. This opportunity requires a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
Four USAC universities participating
- Universidad del Pais Vasco in Bilbao, Spain
- Università degli Studi della Tuscia in Viterbo, Italy
- Université de Pau et des Pays de L'Adour in Pau, France
- Shanghai University in Shanghai, China
Summer 2020 mentors & projects
- (Bilbao, Spain) Ibone Ametzaga: Ecosystem services and human well being
- (Bilbao, Spain) Zouhair Boukha: Metallic microreactors for the intensification of catalytic hydrogen production and purification processes
- (Bilbao, Spain) Eva Epelde: Catalyst deactivation of zeolite-based catalyst during the cracking of heavy and oligomerization of light-hydrocarbons
- (Bilbao, Spain) Eduardo Jacob: Software defined network; intrusion detection in 4.0 networks; operating systems performance evaluation
- (Bilbao, Spain) Esther Acha Peña and Ion Agirre-Arisketa: Development of an innovative reaction system in “green methane” production by in-situ steam adsorption
- (Bilbao, Spain) Jesus Requies: Production of resin monomers from biomass
- (Bilbao, Spain) Mónica Urizar: Development of mechanisms (parallel kinematics) and prototypes in 3D printing
- (Pau, France) Philippe Roose: Ubiquitous widgets & interactions
- (Pau, France) Yann Tison: Introduction to surface science
- (Shanghai, China) Shenshen Gu: The applications of neural networks and deep learning
- (Shanghai, China) Mei Liu: Electrical property measurement of exfoliated cells in voided urine by microfluidic devices
- (Shanghai, China) Zhizheng Wu: High quality imaging technology for biomedical and astronomical applications
- (Shanghai, China) Zhizheng Wu: Manufacturing execution system (MES) development for automotive industries
- (Shanghai, China) Yangmin Xie: Virtual reality simulation software development for autonomous robotic systems
- (Shanghai, China) Shunqi Zhang: Design, modeling and simulation of piezoelectric integrated smart structures
- (Viterbo, Italy) Daniel Savatin: Induction of broad-spectrum resistance in wheat through use of environmentally friendly oligogalacturonide (og) elicitors
- (Viterbo, Italy) Francesco Sestili: Improving durum wheat quality and yield by tilling
Application and selection process
Online applications received by the submission deadline will receive full consideration, and those received after that will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications will be reviewed by Undergraduate Research and by faculty mentors abroad. Up to two students will be chosen for each program site. To accept an offer, you will be required to complete a USAC application. Students will expect to depart late May/early-June and return in late-July. Please see the USAC website for specific dates at each location.
Students are responsible for paying the USAC program fees (discounted 40%) as well as any other costs that are not included in the program fees (e.g. flight). For details on each of the locations and the pricing, see the USAC website.
Undergraduate research awards
Funds have been established by the ASUN to provide Undergraduate Research Awards specifically to help in covering costs for this program.
Credit towards your major
International Research Experience students are required to work with the undergraduate adviser in their major along with Undergraduate Research and USAC to determine the best course number to earn credit for this experience.
Class presentation requirement
Students are required to present a brief synopsis of their research to a class they attend during the fall semester following their summer international experience, and share information about Undergraduate Research programming. Students will submit a signed form by their professor to Undergraduate Research.
Research symposium requirements
Students will present their research findings in a poster format for the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium. This annual symposium is attended by students, university leadership, and members of the public .
Post-award survey requirement
Awardees and their mentors are also required to provide feedback on the program by completing a questionnaire provided by Undergraduate Research at the completion of their award.