Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Geology and Geography/Ecology Internships



Organic Syntheses Applied to Furan Chemistry

Interns will work on projects with laboratory staff as members of the research team performing all the duties. The main research area will be heterocyclic chemistry, more precisely, furan chemistry. Our research interests are focused on developing of new synthetic methodologies based on furan dearomatization strategy; we currently have several projects students may be involved in. Syntheses of typical starting materials usually include a variety of classical and modern reactions that might be of interest for highly motivated undergraduate students who are always welcome to apply. As for the theoretical part, interns will attend literature seminars on methods in organic chemistry and perform their own tasks on searching and presenting the information.

Electrochemistry Materials

Interns will work on projects with laboratory staff as members of the research team performing all the duties. The main research area will be electrochemistry.

Our research interests are focused on developing of Intermetallic and Nano-Structured Compositions оn the Basis of Magnesium, Titanium, Vanadium, Chrome with Large Accumulated Capacity of Reversible Hydrogen Storage and means for protecting metals from corrosion.

As for the theoretical part, interns will attend literature seminars on methods in electrochemistry and perform their own tasks on searching and presenting the information.

  • Chemistry internship
  • Chemistry internship
  • Chemistry internship
  • Chemistry internship


Methods of Theoretical Physics in Continuous Media Mechanics

Interns will work on four projects with the staff of the Theoretical Physics Department. The projects are “Introduction to Perturbation Techniques”;“Instabilities in Hydrodynamics and Methods of Analysis”; “New Method of Analytical Solution of Nonlinear Second Order Differential Equations”;“The Mass Transport in Adsorptive Medium”.

Introduction to perturbation techniques

Perturbation techniques are a powerful tool for dealing with dynamics of nonlinear systems, both null-dimensional and distributed.  It allows constructing a comprehensive picture of the possible dynamic regimes for the systems which cannot be solved analytically.  We will consider techniques ranging from the simplest ones to the multiscale method in application to example physical problems.  For auxiliary reading one can use the book "Introduction to perturbation techniques" by A.H. Nayfeh.

The new method of analytical solution of nonlinear second order differential equations

Many problems in modern physics can be formulated as nonlinear ordinary differential equations. The general method to find analytical solution of such equations is Lie group analysis (described in Handbook of Lie Group Analysis of Differential Equations by N.H. Ibragimov). This method is more easy to apply and the most effective for the solution of nonlinear second order equations, which will be demonstrated in our training.

The mass transport in adsorptive medium

The transport of solutes in porous media (e.g. soil, sandstone, fractured rocks, some filters etc.) in most important situations cannot be described within the classical Diffusion-Advection Theory (the Fick's law). The solute can deposit to solid matrix of media and detach from it. These features change the transport law and its description. Within our training we shall obtain the actual law for porous media and apply it for some simple problems.

Instabilities in Hydrodynamics and Methods of Analysis

First in the frames of the training course it is planned to derive the system of hydrodynamics equations (briefly). Then there will be the familiarization with the theory of hydrodynamics stability. The third step is to solve any simple problem of convective stability in a field of magnetohydrodynamics. The material on this topic hasmany applications and it can be important in a future for the students who are specialized in different branches of fundamental physics, for example, in astrophysics.

  • Physics internship
  • Physics internship

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Lab practice

Assessment of Rhodococcus resistance to organic solvents using a combined confocal laser scanning and atomic force microscopy (CLSM/AFM)

The project is related to the bacterial morphology and physiology. Actinobacteria of the genus Rhodococcus are naturally present in diverse pristine and contaminated environments. They can persist and grow in highly contaminated soils and waters, and even under extreme conditions. Rhodococci are of increasing interest for many environmental and biotechnological applications. Using newly established combined confocal laser scanning and atomic force microscopy (CLSM/AFM) techniques, a viability of Rhodococcus bacteria under the organic solvent stress willbe assessed at the single cell level. High resolution integrated CLSM/AFM images will be taken, which could reveal morphological changes of Rhodococcus cells in response to organic solvents, including changes in size, surface/volume ratio and surface roughness, as possible resistance mechanisms. The project results will help to better understanding the resistance mechanisms in organic solvent tolerant bacteria with high industrial potential.

Field practice

Biodiversity and Ecology in the Urals

Internship programme for biology students includes fieldwork practice in such research areas as biodiversity and ecology of inferior and superior plants, biodiversity and ecology of invertebrate and vertebrate animals, soil studies at the PSU research center “Preduralie”. There will be organized the following expeditions: “Flora main types of Perm region and the Fore-Urals” at the nature reserve area “Basegi”; “Fungi in woodland: its taxonomy, morphology, ecology” at the nature reserve area “Upper Kvazhva”; “Water birds of Perm region”, “Soil Diversity of the Urals”.

  • Biology internship
  • Biology internship
  • Biology internship
  • Biology internship



This course is focused on teaching the practical aspects of the geological study including extensive fieldwork, geological mapping, rock sampling, mineralogical and chemical sample analysis with usage of electron microscope and spectrometer, and geodynamic analysis of remote sensing data.

A two-week field trip to Siberia allows visits to the exciting places throughout the Khakassia and Tuva Republic. A variety of rock types occurring in this area gives the opportunity to study the versatile geological structures and to sample the rare minerals. Panning for gold will be an activity during the field trip. Visiting the museums and archaeological sites will introduce students to history and traditions of the aboriginal population. The field trip includes a train travel from Perm by Trans-Siberain railway.

After the field trip, students take the introductory lectures on the sample analysis technique and instrumentation. The analysis procedure and discussion of the results will be supervised by the Geological Faculty staff.

During the field trip the students are expected to visit remote places, be ready for steep climbing, hiking and working at the 1000–2000 m elevation. So please check your medical restrictions for such kind of work and have a relevant medical insurance.

  • Geology internship
  • Geology internship
  • Geology internship
  • Geology internship



Interns will work on four projects with the staff of the Department of Tourism.
The projects are “Tourism and Recreational Resource Planning”; “Protected Nature Reserve Areas in Perm Region”; “Landscape Planning”; “GIS and Mapping Support for Region Development”.

Field complex geographic practice is comprised of a two-week trip to Western or Eastern Siberia, a 10-day geographic practice in the Northern Urals area including the Vishera river rafting & trekking, and a number of tours in Perm region.

During the field trip the students are expected to visit remote places, be ready for steep climbing and long-distance hiking. So please check your medical restrictions for such kind of work and have a relevant medical insurance.


Sarah Payne, University of Oxford (a geology student)

I very much enjoyed living in Russia. The people were lovely and Siberia in particular was beautiful. Without the internship I definitely couldn't have got so much out of a visit to Russia.  I definitely hope to return at some point and to meet up with some of the friends I made out there. One of the projects introduced me to a career role I hadn't properly considered before, and it's a job I shall be looking into using this experience to support my application.

Jacob Forshaw, University of Oxford (a geology student)

Perm, its surrounding areas and Siberia are fantastic places to visit for both geological and cultural regions. I never imagined I would visit Russia and now can see myself going back in the near future to visit friends I made on the internship. 
Spending two weeks in Siberia gave me a chance to visit several active mines and apply the geology I knew to a more practical situation. Furthermore, panning for gold was an exciting new activity for me which lead to some new experiences in the lab including using an SEM to analyse composition. Being accompanied by Russian professors, who translated the material in these sessions, gave us a greater insight into the scientific community in Russia.
Having toured several active mines, I have gained an insight into their operations and I may now consider pursuing a career within this industry.

Diana Avadanii, University of Oxford (a geology student)

I had an amazing time in Russia as everyone was welcoming and very helpful. 
The academic experience was a good one for me and I enjoyed every part of it. The field trip in Siberia was helpful to get an insight into the mining industry and it had a new approach. Also, the lab work was new as well, in the sense that I have never worked with an Electronic Scanning Microscope before or with gold. Overall, as a first year I found the academic part of the internship exciting and helpful for my career.

Guy Paxman, University of Oxford (a geology student)

I think the programme for the internship was fantastic. The activities were all really enjoyable and there was a good amount of interesting and relevant academic work. The accommodation was absolutely fine - perfectly sufficient for us.  Another success of the programme was the Russian volunteers, who were extremely helpful to us at the beginning. It was a great opportunity to meet and spent time with such friendly people. I particularly enjoyed the trips to Siberia, Preduralyie and the rafting. They were amazing, unique opportunities to explore some inspiring scenery. 
I am so glad that I chose to come to Russia, and I would definitely choose this internship again if I was given the option. 

James Wills, University of Oxford (a geology student)

It was very exciting and interesting for me to learn about it in Russia. I learnt a huge amount from my colleagues and teachers in many subject areas (not just geology!) - Physics, Russian language and Russian culture and history. It was an enormous privilege to take part in such an exotic and important learning experience. I will be going back to Oxford with a renewed vigour for learning and life in general.

Bhavik Lodhia, University of Oxford (a geology student)

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at PSU and in Russia. The workload varied in intensity through the internship, and a positive aspect of the programme was its flexibility, and for the wishes of the students to influence the schedule. The highlights of the internship for me, was the geophysical data gathering in Sarakyevo village, and the river expedition along the Usva River. The geophysical data gathering work was extremely useful as it provided the opportunity to apply the skills that I have learned in lectures when at Oxford. In all, I feel as though the experience of coming to a country with which I previously had no experience with was extremely rewarding, and am happy that I left PSU with both positive experiences in the  academic and adventurous fields, and richer in friends.

Gan Yuqian, University of Oxford (a geology student)

The PSU programme offered a great opportunity for me for geology practice. The part I really like about the programme is the diversity of the activities. While mainly focus on geophysics work, we also examined Permian limestones and had a feel of botany and ecology of Perm Region. The International Summer School enabled us to make friends from other parts of the world. Also, we had the chance to have the most authentic Russian experience. It is very helpful in terms of providing me with insight into the sort of things that a research university does on day-to-day bases and enriched my practical skills.

Emma Preedy, University of Oxford (a biologist)

The internship at Perm State University in which I participated for nine weeks this summer has been an unforgettable experience, which has given me the opportunity to gain valuable experience in fieldwork ecology, and has helped me to appreciate the value of interactions between scientists and researchers on an international scale. I have had the rare privilege of experiencing a style of science very different to that undertaken in the UK, and feel that many of the skills and much of the knowledge I have gained from this internship will be transferrable and useful to my work in the future.
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