The University of Florida will offer an International Research Experiences for Undergraduate Students Program funded by the National Science Foundation during the summers of 2023, 2024, and 2025. In this 10-week summer program, students will conduct research in conservation science in southwest China.
Apply for the 2024 cycle! Application due by January 2, 2024
This IRES program will provide U.S. undergraduate students a rare opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research on human-wildlife feedbacks in flagship protected areas in a biodiversity hotspot in the mountains of southwestern China. Students will work with U.S. PIs from the University of Florida and experts at China West Normal University in Sichuan, China.
Students will join long-term research projects related to three main types of human-wildlife feedbacks that are representative of those seen around the world. Feedbacks include complex interactions between (1) forest recovery and wildlife crop raiding, (2) antibiotic use in livestock rearing and the microbiome of giant pandas, and (3) interaction between non-timber forest product (NTFP) collection and wildlife occurrence. The diverse collection of interrelated projects will give students the opportunity to gain experience implementing a variety of field and lab techniques (e.g., infrared camera trapping, vegetation surveys, specimen collecting, molecular biology techniques, microbial ecology research techniques, and semi-structured interviews) as they tackle key questions that shape cutting-edge development of interdisciplinary and systems-level research on wildlife conservation.
Student participants will gain soft skills and have career building opportunities through professional development workshops offered during the program. While abroad, students will also have a rare opportunity to be immersed in Chinese culture and expand their worldviews, in turn better preparing them to join the global internationalized workforce.
The first week will be spent in the program orientation in Gainesville, FL and the remainder will be in China.
Students will receive:
$500 in weekly stipend (for 10 weeks) Weekly food expenses covered Housing expenses covered Travel and visa costs covered
Undergraduate students from any university who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents are invited to apply. Students from underrepresented backgrounds and minority groups are especially encouraged to apply. Students should be at a freshman, sophomore, or junior level at the time of application. Students need to have a valid passport valid up until December 31, 2024.
Send the following application materials in email attachments to email@example.com by January 2, 2024:
1. Answers to 3 short essay questions:
What would you hope to get out of this program? (250 words) What are your career goals? (250 words) Why China? (250 words)
3. Pdf of your transcript (unofficial)
4. Names/emails of 2 people who agree to write reference letters if contacted by us