David Ramushu School

    Georgia College and Colorado School of Mines received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) under the International Research Experience for Students program to study heavy metal pollution, phytoremediation and biofuel production in the abandoned mine waste site in Zambia. Under this funding a limited number of undergraduate and graduate students will be supported to conduct research in Zambia for six weeks in the summer of 2022 – June – July.

    Application for the Summer 2023 (Cohort 2) is no open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

    • Application deadline : Sep 20th, 2022

    • Interviews: October 10th  – 30th  2022

    • Selection notification: November 15th , 2022

    Year 2 Cohort:

    The second Cohort (2023) will Identify and compare the performance of indigenous metallophyte and pseudometallophyte plant species as hyperaccumulators and Investigate the biofuel/bioenergy production potential of the identified hyperaccumulators from June 7th to July 13th (subject to change) in Zambia, South Central Africa and continue research in the fall semester at GC or CSM

    Program Summary

    • International research experience with potential for long-term impacts 
    • Contributing to innovative research that has environmental, economic and social impacts
    • Mentoring from Zambian experts in various fields 
    • Strong, local partnerships with in-country partnering institutions and students
    • Experience African culture from the Zambian perspective 
    • Opportunity to build professional network and invaluable lasting friendships


    (students belonging to underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply)

    • Full time college student who are US citizens or permanent residents
    • Full time college student with at least 1 year left on the program at the time of applying
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Able to travel to Zambia and stay for the entire six weeks of research
    • Able to continue research for at least one semester after returning from Zambia .
    • Possess a valid U.S. passport with an expiration date no earlier than 6 months after the date of the return flight
    • Able and willing to comply with all safety, security, and healthy measures required by the program and local authorities/communities in Zambia.

    Preferences and attributes

    • Flexible, open minded and adaptable
    • Interest in future research
    • Ability to work in teams and with a diverse group of people
    • Capable of enduring challenges in the field
    • Open to new ideas and different perspectives

    How to apply:

    Submit an application that includes the following to Dr. Sam Mutiti at samuel.mutiti@gcsu.edu (for GC applicants) or Dr. Rennie Kaunda  at rkaunda@mines.edu (for CSM applicants)

    1. Application cover form (email to request cover form)
    2. A statement of interest – 1 Page long
    3. A C.V. or Resume
    4. Current and up-to-date transcripts
    5. Two letters of endorsement/support (at least one has to be from a college faculty) – faculty to email the letters to Dr. Mutiti at samuel.mutiti@gcsu.edu or Dr. Kaunda at rkaunda@mines.edu