Applications sought for summer student Research program in Czech Republic

International research experiences for students, or IRES, is looking for U.S. science and engineering students who want to spend part of their summer doing collaborative research in the Czech Republic.

IRES is a National Science Foundation-funded program open to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students majoring in the sciences or engineering fields,” said Nebraska Water Center director Chittaranjan Ray.

“This part of the IRES program wants to facilitate U.S.-Czech Republic student research experience on research on vadose zone for understanding water and chemical transport at various scales between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Czech Technical University (CTU) at Prague in the Czech Republic,” Ray explained.

It will held at CTU May 28 to July 21, 2017 and the application process is now open.

Participants will live on-campus in CTU dormitories and will work collaboratively with Czech students and researchers in the laboratory and at field sites within various watersheds in the Czech Republic. Students will also analyze data for pore structure for undisturbed soil cores to examine preferential flow pathway and measure hydraulic conductivity of unsaturated soils in the field.

Students chosen for the program will receive a $350 per week living allowance, $550 per week stipend and round trip airfare to Prague. Cultural activities and travel within the Czech Republic are included in the summer program.

Ray is leading the program in collaboration with CTU’s Michal Snehota and Martin Sanda.

Program applications must include: a completed application form, essay describing reasons for interest in the program and any previous research experience, college transcripts, and two letters of recommendation.

More information on IRES and the application process are online at Application deadline is Feb. 15, 2017.


Chittaranjan Ray, Ph.D., P.E., director, Nebraska Water Center, part of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, 402.472.3305

Steven W. Ress, communications coordinator, Nebraska Water Center, part of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute,, 402.472.3305

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