Engineering Research: Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research


The IBEX summer internship for undergraduates - International Bachelors of EXcellence summer internship at the Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BIDR)

invites students to join their summer research internship program and participate in independent research in various projects focusing on energy, food, and water of arid regions.
The IBEX summer internship is a unique experience for undergraduate students, providing participants with the opportunity to actively conduct academic research and partake in scientific life. This includes attending weekly seminars, utilizing cutting-edge technology under the direct supervision of BIDR researchers, concluding with an academic symposium.
Concurrently, participating students will enjoy educational and social activities​ unique to
the Negev desert area and around Israel. BIDR, located in the Sde Boqer Campus, is an
international English speaking campus, providing a welcoming educational environment
for foreign students.
Research areas available at BIDR include the following:
o Agriculture
o Soil-Plant-Atmosphere Continuum (SPAC)
o Aquaculture
o Desalination and water treatment
o Hydrology
o Solar energy
o Environmental physics
o Ecology, conservation and wildlife management
More information at the Blaustein Institute website  
Cost: IN prior years, participants were responsible for travel costs, health insurance and board (food/personal needs) and IBEX covered shared housing, educational trips, and bench fees.​ For Summer 2023, details are not yet published regarding costs and additional information. 
 Pitt Requirements:
  • Good academic and behavioral standing
  • Must be studying in your second year or higher at the time of application
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA 
  • Please check provider website for additional requirements
Application Instructions: 

You must complete the application for both PittGEO AND the IBEX application.  Prior to applying, please read the IBEX application and review its website. 

SAO Staff: 

Chandra Colaresi

Hi! My name is Chandra, and I am a Global and Engineering Professional Development Consultant in the Swanson School of Engineering. My professional background is in communications and policy, but I have been lucky enough to study or work in England, Scotland, France, and Belgium. Please contact me if you are interested in global research, co-op, or internship opportunities as well as the Global Supply Networks program. Let’s discuss all the exciting options you have to see the world during your time at Pitt!

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