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IRES: Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Microbiology and Biogeosciences of Siberian Deep Subsurface Permafrost

JUNE 7 - JULY 20, 2018

We are now recruiting students for the IRES 2018. This program has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).


  1. Junior or sophomore standing
  2. One year of biology
  3. One year of chemistry
  4. U.S. citizenship

Undergraduate student participants supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. An undergraduate student is a student who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree.

A completed application for the IRES 2018 includes this application form, a signed Statement of Responsibility and Assumption of Risk, an official transcript of undergraduate courses and grades, a resume and two letters of recommendation. At least one of the letters of recommendation should be from a faculty member in the applicant's academic discipline.

Below, we have prepared an online application form that may be emailed in, should the applicant prefer. Applicants also have the option to email scanned copies of the third page of the Statement of Responsibility and Assumption of Risk, transcript and the letter of recommendation.

Please mail, fax, or email the application package by February 12, 2018 to:

Tatiana Vishnivetskaya
Center for Environmental Biotechnology
University of Tennessee,
676 Dabney-Buehler Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996
Fax: 865-974-8086

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