University of Michigan
Summer Undergraduate Research Exchange Program
to the US/China
We have not received funding for 2013. Sorry...
the economy is just killing this effort.
2013 US-to-China Program
2013 China-to-US Program
In 2012, we will continue our work in providing high
value research opportunities for Chinese undergraduates to
carry out 8-12 weeks of full time research at the University of Michigan.
Hello there. I am sorry to say that these wonderful 5 years are over, at least for now.
The economic problems of the world are starting to show up all over, and highly service-oriented, non-critical education programs are often the first to feel the pinch of the belt when it starts to tighten.
The Chemistry Division of the National Science Foundation has substantially reduced its REU budget, and international programs are significantly more expensive than domestic programs. International REU programs in chemistry are not expected to be funded again for a while.
We also have the same problem for the part of the program where students from China come to the United States. Pfizer Global R&D was responsible for providing 40% of the funding for this effort, and that has also been discontinued.
I have never been so personally and professionally gratified by anything that I have done as a faculty member as I have been to build and direct this program. We'll continue to think about ways to bring this back, but the connection to the economy is something that will be difficult to overcome in the near term.
Brian P. Coppola, November 13, 2011
In 2012, we hope to continue our work in providing high
value research opportunities for American and Chinese undergraduates to
carry out 8-10 weeks of full time research in each other's country.
Thanks to the University of Michigan and Peking University Joint Institute, a robust structure exists to manage the communication and organization of programs between Ann Arbor and Beijing. We work with the Joint Institute and our liaisons at the University of Michigan, Peking and Tsinghua Universities to make our program operations flow smoothly and comfortably for our participants. In addition to arranging simple things like housing and transportation, the Joint institute works with us to offer a terrific on-site orientation program for the US students that begins in Ann Arbor and transitions to Beijing, and includes: getting to know one another, morning sessions of intensive language instruction, afternoon sessions on history, culture, and living/getting around in Beijing, and getting to know the faculty and research groups. There is also a series of orientation and cultural events for the students from Peking and Tsinghua U while they are on the Ann Arbor campus, in addition to the active and supportive group of Chinese students and scholars who are on campus, including many alums from these two schools.
UM, PKU, & THU have strong traditions of hosting foreign students on their campuses as well as placing their students in foreign settings, and the corresponsing Offices of International Programs/Relations have provided tremendous guidance and support for both US and Chinese students.
As a part of the program, a UM faculty member and a student research and program assistant, who stays for the entire summer, will accompany the students to Beijing.
Financial support for the UM PKU summer undergraduate research exchange program is provided by the University of Michigan, Peking University, Tsinghua University, Southeast University, Pfizer Global R&D, and the National Science Foundation.
UM PKU Program includes: a fellowship stipend, housing (in US: shared room in a residence hall; in China: shared rooms), and, for US studdents, all travel expenses (local and international, visas). All students have internet access to their existing home university/college e-mail accounts. US students receive a modest food allowance. All students need to pay appropriate health insurance coverage. Students from China need to work with their universities to arrange for their international travel, as well as visa and SEVIS fees. All undergraduate students who participate in summer research programs need to be returning to school as an undergraduate for at least one term or quarter after the program. The National Science Foundation funding can only be used for undergraduate students.
ARCHIVE: PAST YEARS
A total of 50 students, 25 from around the US, 13 from PKU and 12 from THU, participated
A total of 49 students, 25 from around the US, 12 from PKU and 12 from THU, participated.
A total of 18 students, 9 from around the US, 3 from UM, and 6 from PKU, participated.
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