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Your introduction to the field of solvation science through networking, study, and research.

Scope of the Solvation Scholars Undergraduate Exchange

We welcome Bachelor's student researchers in Bochum to begin their stay with the integrated Graduate School Solvation Science's week-long Summer School. Through active participation in an engaging two days of lectures by internationally renown researchers of chemistry, physics, spectroscopy, biochemistry and more, scholars will gain insight into the latest techniques and disciplines that span solvation science. Scholars will meet other researchers from around the world and at various stages of their careers. A day of career-boosting workshops follow, where scholars may meet industry professionals or fine-tune their personal skills. The week closes with one of several in-lab practicum where participants gain first-hand experience with new techniques. For previous year's programs, you're encouraged to explore the Summer School webpages here.

The 2-3 month research project follows the iGSS summer school. Scholars will be set up within one of RESOLV's working groups in the Ruhr area and work closely with doctoral and/or post-doctoral researchers to complete a project. Past topics have included spectroscopy, molecular modeling, kinetics, and synthesis. The full range of research may be found on the RESOLV Scientists page. Scholars will wrap up their exchange with a presentation of their work to the Solvation Scholars participants.

While the program is not offered for course credit at the Ruhr Universität Bochum, we provide scholars with a detailed module outline and final grade for the project. They are then encouraged to submit this for consideration for course credit at their home institutions.


subject: Solvation Scholars Undergraduate Exchange
duration: 2-3 months
credit: apply independently at home institution, 14 ECTS equivalent
location: Bochum, Germany and local Ruhr RESOLV partner institutions
language of instruction: English
costs: RESOLV sponsors travel and a monthly stipend
social fee: optional ca. 300,- Euros as RUB guest student covers unlimited transit ticket, language courses, meal discounts and more
course start: every Whitsuns Week (May 25, 2021); in-lab internship may fit student's schedule, e.g. February - April / June - August / July - October


To apply, please submit an application to RESOLV at rub.de between December and March 15th. The application should include a CV with contact details and affiliation together with a one-page letter of motivation related to the research project(s) of interest.

Bachelor students will have completed at least one full year of subject specific coursework, equivalent to about 46 ETCS / 3rd Year / Juniors, and have reviewed the RESOLV research groups.

For established collaborations, please contact us for more information. In-lab internships may be scheduled throughout the year.

A note to future Solvation Scholars

What's next?

A fast-Track PhD at IGSS - Track II

The master's Program, Molecular Sciences - Spectroscopy and Simulation

Alexander Witt (postdoc at Stanford University):
"Despite sharing many fundamental principles, traditionally Chemistry and Physics classes are normally taught separately. The iMOS program is unique in the way that it brings together students from different fields to learn, and fosters connections between different research areas. This quite unique program prepares students for cutting edge research which is increasing interdisciplinary and sits at the interface between traditional fields."

Benjamin Born (postdoc at Weizmann Institute of Science):
"It is exciting to see a new generation of solvation scientists emerging. The well-established combination of a task-specific lecture series and hands-on research experience in Bochum and in selected labs abroad will be beneficial to the personal and scientific development of students of the iMOS program."