Jasmeen Kaur in the lab

Research Pack Abroad

Connecting undergraduate students to international research experiences.

Developing Research Skills Globally

Research Pack Abroad provides undergraduate students international research experience – working side-by-side with scientists and immersed in another culture. Students are connected with a host international research institution, where they conduct research for at least 2 months during the summer.

Through this experience students will:

  • Gain in-depth of knowledge of laboratory procedures and/or field research protocols
    at an international research institute
  • Communicate scientific terminology among international researchers
  • Demonstrate knowledge of host country’s work culture and local community culture
  • Develop new perspectives on student’s native culture and the ability to think critically about student’s values, beliefs and goals
  • Develop skill sets for maneuvering through complex situations and increase capability
    to problem solve
  • Develop knowledge of a foreign language through immersion

If you’re interested in participating in Research Pack Abroad, contact Dr. Adrienne Tucker at adrienne_tucker@ncsu.edu

Partnering Institutions

Instituto de Productos Lácteos de Asturias (IPLA)

IPLA is located in a Villaviciosa, a small town in western Spain. The Institute conducts microbiology and biochemistry research focused on diary products and the impact of gut microbiota on human health.

International Potato Center (CIP)

The International Potato Center is headquartered in Lima, Peru and conducts laboratory and field research on potato, sweetpotato and andean roots and tubers.

Universitat Politècnica de València

La Universitat Politècnica de València is a university located in Valencia, Spain and focuses on academics and research in science and technology.

Our Students - Summer 2018

Jasmeen CALS International ProgramsJasmeen Kaur Mandair
Hi, my name­­­­ is Jasmeen Kaur Mandair. I graduated with BSc. in Biochemistry in May 2018. I have always been interested in research, so I worked with Dr. Trino on Tomato yellow leaf curl virus studying the cloning and the cell cycle of the virus during my undergraduate. I immediately took the opportunity of this internship when it was offered to me because of how closely It is related to my major. Secondly, I will get to experience a different part of the world and learn about the culture. I am looking forward for the experience that will prepare me for a full-time research position.


Kirby CALS International ProgramsKirby Morris
Hi! My name is Kirby Morris and I just finished my sophomore year studying biochemistry and Spanish at NC State. I’m originally from Pittsboro, North Carolina and I have always wanted to travel abroad. I took advantage of this opportunity because I was already intending on participating in a study abroad to Spain this summer (a group trip to Valencia), but this program allows me to be more independent. Additionally, it will help me gather valuable research experience, so it really combines everything I’m studying.


Mark CALS International ProgramsMark Watson
Mark is a second-year undergraduate student in the Crop and Soil Sciences department majoring in three subjects, with an eye on a fourth.  His internship is with the International Potato Center in Lima, Peru. “Their mission has a lot in common with what I like to do. They do really cool research that focuses on research like genetics, breeding, and the pathology of sweet potatoes and potatoes and a lot of root vegetables that are not known in North America, but they’ve been cultivating in the Andes.”