Updated for Summer 2012!

IRES - Microbiology

(International Research Experience for Students in Microbiology)
Bangkok, Thailand

APPLICATION for Summer 2012 is now open.

Tentative Program dates: Application deadline:
Late May - Early August, 2012 EXTENDED!!
February 1, 2012

University of Wisconsin
Department of Bacteriology
1550 Linden Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53706

Program Director:
Dr. Jon Roll
Phone: (608) 265-5957


The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Bacteriology, in association with the National Science Foundation and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, will direct an International Undergraduate Research Experience for up to five undergraduate students during the Summers of 2010-2012. Participating undergraduate students will spend ten weeks in a biological sciences research laboratory in the Faculty of Scinece at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand conducting full-time research in microbiology, microbial genetics and/or molecular biology.

NOTE: Non-funded positions may be available to students from any U.S. instituion and will be evaluated on an individual basis. These are for unfunded opportunities in Thailand, Singapore or Hong Kong. Please contact Dr. Roll directly to inquire.

If you would like to see photos from past participants, visit the photo gallery.


The program provides a Summer Study-Abroad opportunity up to five students in Biological Sciences, without the need to postpone graduation due to the rigid course scheduling requirements of most biological sciences curricula. This opportunity will allow selected students to further their research experience by becoming engaged in an active, top-notch research program in a recognized scientific laboratory at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. Participating students will conduct their own research project under the direction of a Thai faculty member and work as part of a laboratory research team investigating fundamental problems in microbiology and molecular biology.

Participating University

Mahidol University, Bangkok

Mahidol Univeristy in Bangkok is Thailand's premier medical school serving both undergraduate, graduate and medical students. The Department of Microbiology in the Faculty of Science will be the hosting entity.


This program will pay each participant a stipend of $3000.00 or more in addition to travel, housing and food for the duration of the 10-week program. Housing will be in University-affiliated dormitories.


Undergraduate students majoring in the biological sciences (preferably between their junior and senior years)and who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply. Funding is currently only available for TWO non-UW-Madison students. The applicant should have a strong interest in a career in biological research.


Click here to access the online application for the NSF-Funded International Research Experience for Students (IRES) - Microbiology Program for Summer 2012.

All application materials must be received by FEBRUARY 1, 2012. Please note that the applicant is responsible for filing a complete application consisting of (1) the completed application form (2) a statement describing your career objectives and your motivation to gain international research experience this summer. Also describe how you would benefit from this program. (3) college transcripts (4) two letters of recommendation. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Criteria for selection are based on academic qualifications as determined by academic record and prior course work, two letters of recommendation from college science mentors, instructors,or advisors, and a statement from applicants regarding their career objectives and reasons for applying to this program. Participants will be chosen after in-person interviews of selected candidates. Letters of recommendation should address the following:
1. Thoughts on the ability of the student to benefit from and complete a nine-week international experience.
2. Ability of candidate to 'think on his/her feet'
3. Scientific and overall independence
4. Personality
5. Resourcefulness
6. Scientific and emotional maturity.


Click here to send email to Dr. Jon Roll, the IRES Program Director, with questions you have about the program.


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