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IRES at Virginia Tech

The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech hosts several programs supported by International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) grants from the National Science Foundation. These programs are open to undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. These programs include 10 weeks of paid summer research at universities overseas. 

While each program budget differs slightly, participants in this paid summer research program typically receive:

  • a stipend for full participation in the 10-week IRES program
  • housing in host country at no extra cost, usually in university-affiliated dormitories
  • a travel allowance to cover flight costs, based on the actual cost of transportation
  • overseas health insurance
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Current IRES Projects

Next Generation Electrical Power Systems

Partnering with the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Coastal Engineering

Partnering with the University of Queensland, Australia

Integration of Renewable Energy Resources and Smart Grid

Partnering with the University of Strathclyde, Scotland

Bio-inspired Autonomous Mobility in Natural Environments

Partnering with University of Brunei, KAIST (S. Korea) and National University Singapore