Engineering Research: Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research


More information for SM 23 program will be available in Fall 22 semester.

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: 

Alicia JF Olalde, M.A.

Hello! Konnichiwa! I am the Director for Global Experiences and Engagement in the Swanson School of Engineering.  After working for the JET program in Japan for just over two years, I decided to pursue a career in international education. I returned to the US via a few months of travel -slowing making my way west with many stops in stunning locations and with amazing people. Whenever possible, I continue  explore new countries and cultures and have had the good fortune to work, study and travel all over the world. I have been fortunate to work both as an administrator and as a classroom educator in higher education; my areas of interest are international, adult and comparative education.  I enjoy assisting engineering students seize global opportunities! 

Schedule an appointment

SSOE students: schedule an appointment with me using Pathways via this link!

non-SSOE students-- send me an email and we'll set up a time to meet!


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