Apply to be a REACT Undergraduate Researcher (Penn)

Penn undergraduates: If you are interested in participating in a relief tent Senior Design project with the REACT team, please contact Professor Karen Winey ( during the spring term before your Senior year.

Summer Research at GIANT for undergraduates:

REACT offers the opportunity for up to five undergraduate students per year to do summer research at GIANT in Grenoble, France. GIANT is a one-of-a-kind research campus that co-localizes world-class institutions ranging from universities to national and European research facilities to start-up companies. This vast research infrastructure provides a unique and stimulating environment for researchers and students alike.

Summer research projects will be related to the REACT areas of interest (active coatings for water purification and management, prevention of infection transmission and energy generation and storage). In France, students take part in a larger internship program (GIANT International Internship Programme or GIIP), which hosts around 25 students and trainees from a number of non-European universities during the summer.

Program Details

Dates: May 14 – July 26, 2019 (Travel to Grenoble would occur the week of May 7; there is some start date flexibility in cases where a student has an academic conflict.)

Provided by the program: Travel costs to/from Grenoble, housing in Grenoble and a modest cost-of-living reimbursement and stipend.

Expectations: Students work in GIANT labs full-time during the program under a French mentor/supervisor and participate in GIIP programs (e.g., research seminars, facility tours, social events, poster and research presentations) and REACT events (e.g., teaching seminars, annual summer meeting)

Opportunities: Upon return to the Philadelphia-area, opportunities include a) presenting summer research in REACT forums, b) potentially continuing research in a Penn-based REACT lab during the academic year, c) participating in outreach events.

Eligibility: All participants must be a) U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and b) be undergraduates at Penn, Bryn Mawr or Villanova (you must be enrolled as a student during the summer of 2019). Students who will have completed at least their second year of studies by May 2019 will have priority over students who matriculated in 2018.

Note: For summer 2019, there is a unique “design” internship opportunity for students interested in the translation of the technical scientific research to prototypes of products that incorporate the active coatings research. (read more)


a) Fill out the application form.

b) Email the below items to

(i) Resume (1-page limit)

(ii) Transcripts – unofficial are OK for initial review

(iii) Statement answering the below questions

1) Why would you like to be involved with the REACT project? (250-word limit)

2) Why would you like to do research at GIANT in Grenoble and/or be part of the GIANT International Internship Program? (250-word limit)

3) Briefly describe any prior research experience and technical skills you have. (350-word limit)

c) Request that a faculty member send a letter of support for your participation in the program (the letter should be emailed from the faculty member to

Application Review Update: Laboratory research positions have been filled for 2019. We are are still reviewing applications for the Design position (described below) on a rolling basis through February 20. We encourage you to apply as SOON as possible.

Due to funding agency restrictions, applicants need to be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents.

More about the Design position

This position would be ideal for a student with design, manufacturing, fabrication and related background who also has some background in the sciences (e.g., material science, biology/bioengineering, chemistry/chemical engineering). The intern in this position would work with a French student intern and be responsible for developing an innovation workshop for US students that would be held the last week of the internship, under the supervision of the office responsible for organizing the workshop and with the lead product design and fabrication technical staff. If you are interested in this position, please discuss it in your application.


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