Every year, GIANT—in association with the International Relations Department at the Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma and Grenoble Alpes University (IUT Chemistry)—gives around five second-year students the chance to perform research at UPenn’s groundbreaking Nano/Bio Interface Center
Their work typically falls into one of five key areas:
- Nanomaterials for biotech applications
- Microfluid systems
Participants also get to take part in numerous extracurricular activities, such as social and cultural outings (like to museums and arts festivals), networking events with UPenn and other exchange students, and weekly talks on science- or technology-related topics
IRES was introduced in 2010 in association with Professor Dawn Bonnell, Director of the Nano/Bio Interface Center, and with the support of MINATEC-GIANT, the National Science Foundation, and the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Region through Explora Sup scholarships under the Rhône-Alpes Pennsylvania agreement.