The Summer 2021 Ph-IRES program was canceled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and continuing international travel restrictions. Please check back soon for the call for Summer 2022 applications.

Philippines International Research Experience for Students

In the Philippines International Research Experience for Students project (Ph-IRES), 15 U.S. undergraduates will spend eight weeks at Silliman University (SU) conducting independent research with Filipino mentors. Projects will explore marine fishes and the human activities affecting their evolution. Research will include:

  • genetic barcoding to document fish diversity
  • life history studies to examine how fishing pressure influences how fish grow and reproduce
  • genetic studies to see how fish populations connect with one another
  • study of how microplastics pollution may affect reef fishes

Benefits of the program include:

  • Students will live and work in Dumaguete, Philippines for 8 weeks during Summer 2022 and work with faculty mentors from Silliman University
  • Summer stipend of $5000
  • Transportation to/from Philippines and all room and board covered by program
  • Travel to annual SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference to present summer research

2022 Ph-IRES Schedule


Students will be involved in an immersive international research experience that emphasizes collaboration among cultures development of world-class skills. Society relies upon marine resources for food security, and your research will contribute to our ability to sustainably harvest fish by helping us understand how our activities affect their evolution.Ph-IRES is open to undergraduate students of sophomore or greater standing from institutions not currently involved in the related NSF-PIRE project (Old Dominion University, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Rutgers, Arizona State University). Students from those universities are encouraged to consider the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) opportunity associated with that program.

Ph-IRES is supported by NSF project award #100863-010 to D. Gauthier (Old Dominion University) and C. Bird (Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi)