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International Research Experiences for Students in Grenoble, France

Undergraduate students interested in participating in summer research at GIANT in 2016 are encouraged to apply to the PIRE REACT Summer Research at GIANT program.


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Penn students at GIANT May 25-July 31, 2015

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Photos from 2014

Program Description

Giant Innovation CampusThe Nano/Bio Interface Center (NBIC) at the University of Pennsylvania seeks students to participate in the GIANT International Internship Program 2015 in Grenoble, France as part of a collaborative research exchange program on the GIANT campus (http://www.giant-grenoble.org/en/).


Program highlights include:

  • A world-class research facility
  • Exciting international environment
  • Excellent professional development opportunities
  • Exceptional setting and landscape
  • Reasonable time commitment

The NBIC will support travel and accommodations for a 10-week research exchange during the upcoming summer (May 25 - July 31, 2015).  Graduate students from Penn or Alabama State University (our partnering institution) are especially encouraged to apply. Outstanding Penn undergraduates who have completed their second year at Penn by the time the program starts (rising juniors and seniors) are welcome to apply.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Research opportunities in 2015 will include placements in following GIANT research centers (non-exhaustive list):

MINATEC aerial shotEMBL
The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the world's leading research institutions, and Europe's flagship laboratory for the life sciences. Research at EMBL emphasizes experimental analysis at multiple levels of biological organization, from the molecule to the organism, as well as computational biology, bioinformatics and systems biology.

The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) is the most powerful synchrotron radiation source in Europe.  Research at the ESRF focuses, in large part, on the use of X-ray radiation in fields as diverse as protein crystallography, earth science, paleontology, materials science, chemistry and physics.

The Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS) is a research center in a field that is essential for understanding fundamental biological mechanisms: structural biology. The IBS possesses cutting edge facilities and hosts many visiting scientists and students.

INAC's expertise encompasses nanomaterials, micro-nanophotonics, spintronics, nanomagnetism, superconductivity, nanoelectronics, theory and simulation, biochips, and DNA damages.

At the heart of the MINATEC innovation campus, LETI is an applied research center for microelectronics and information and healthcare technologies. Facilities include a nano characterization platform and 300mm and 200mm lines for nanoelectronics and MEMS, in 8,000 m² of clean rooms.

The Cell and Plant Physiology Laboratory (LPCV) studies the interactions between the various compartments of the plant cell, their fine modulation during the process of cell differentiation and their disruption by environmental conditions. The unit seeks to analyze the functions of plant cells by using multidisciplinary approaches including biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, but also physiological and genetic studies

[ GIIP Projects from Past Summers ]

Note that it is possible to be placed in labs throughout the GIANT campus; a lab does NOT need to be on the potential project list to be a potential placement option.

Application Instructions

The 2015 cohort has been selected. Applications are no longer being accepted.

This program is funded by the IRES program at NSF (Grant #1130994).



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