The goal of the National Science Foundation’s International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program is to provide high quality educational experiences for small groups of U.S. students through active research participation in collaboration with foreign researchers at an international site and provide students with international collaborative research training and a personal network on which to build future collaborations.

IRiKA – an NSF IRES Program

Interdisciplinary Research in Korea on Applied smart systems (IRiKA) for Undergraduate Students will provide a cohort of five US undergraduate students per year with the opportunity to conduct research for 8 weeks at Korea’s top-ranked universities with state-of-the-art research facilities.

The program will run in Summer 2019 (complete), Summer 2021 (complete), and Summer 2023. (2020 and 2022 cancelled due to concerns over COVID-19)

IRiKA is a competitive program. Selected students will receive:

  • US-Korea Roundtrip plane fare and transportation in Korea (up to $2,000)
  • 8-week paid research internship in Korea
  • Living expenses in Korea
  • Research materials supplement
  • Support to publish work at a national/international conference

The unifying research theme of IRiKA is smart systems with the subtopics of sensors, emerging electronics, and materials & process development. In addition to lab work and weekly cohort research meetings, IRiKA students will visit Korea’s government research institutions and global leaders in the tech industry such as Samsung, LG, and Hyundai.

NSF Award #1827173 & #1827183