NanoJapan: International Research Experience for Undergraduates
Apply by January 25, 2013
Rice University is now accepting applications for the 2013 NanoJapan:
International Research Experience for Undergraduates program.
Generously supported by an NSF Partnerships for International Research
& Education (NSF-PIRE) grant, the program seeks to cultivate interest
in nanotechnology among young U.S. undergraduate students, especially
those from underrepresented groups, and encourages such students to
pursue graduate study and academic research in the physical
sciences.Recognized as a model for international education programs
for science and engineering students, NanoJapan will provide U.S.
undergraduates with structured research opportunities in Japanese
university laboratories with Japanese mentors focused on the study of
THz dynamics of nanostructures. The program is well-suited to
engineering or physics students with a keen interest in this area of
The program includes:
1. Pre-Departure Orientation at Rice University
2. Three week Orientation Program in Tokyo that includes Introductory
Japanese Language Classes, Introduction to Japanese Society & Culture
Seminar, and an Introduction to Nanoscale Science and THz Dynamics
3. Nanotechnology Research Internship: Eight and a half week research
internship with leading nanotechnology laboratories in Japan.
Potential research host universities include Keio University, the
University of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Chiba University,
Kyoto University, Osaka University, Osaka Institute of Technology,
Shinshu University, Tohoku University and Hokkaido University.
4. Re-Entry Program: Includes communication skills and career
developments seminars and the presentation of a topical research
poster on the summer internship at the Rice Quantum Institute's Summer
To be eligible to apply for the NanoJapan: International Research
Experience for Undergraduates (IREU) program student's must be:
- Currently enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate student at a
U.S. institution of higher education;
- A U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
- Currently in your freshman or sophomore year;
- In good academic standing and not currently under any academic
suspension or other disciplinary action at your home university;
- Able to express a demonstrated interest in the field of
nanotechnology as it relates to THz dynamics of nanostructures
All eligible students with a strong interest in physics-related
nanotechnology research and desire to study in Japan are encouraged to
apply. Women, underrepresented groups, and students
from schools with limited research opportunities are particularly
encouraged to apply. Community college students who plan to
matriculate to a four-year university and major in physics or
engineering are also strongly encouraged to apply. No prior Japanese
language experience is required, though applicants should be able to
express a demonstrated interest in the study of Japanese language
Benefits: Selected participants will receive international airfare to
Japan (departing from Houston), a $4,500 stipend to be used towards
living costs while abroad, and program, some meals, and lodging costs
during the Pre-Departure Orientation, Orientation Program in Tokyo,
Mid-Program Meeting in Kyoto, and Re-Entry Program at Rice. During the
research internship, students will use their stipend to pay their
housing and living costs.
Program Fee: In lieu of a program fee, students will be responsible
for enrollment in a one-credit research course through the Rice Summer
School and payment of all applicable tuition and fees estimated at
$1,282 per credit.
Application Deadline: Online applications must be submitted by January
25, 2013 and two letters of recommendation must be received by
February 1. For more information on the NanoJapan program and to
access the online application please see http://nanojapan.rice.edu.
For questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (713) 348-6362.
Manager, TeraNano PIRE Education & International Initiatives
6100 Main St., ECE - MS 366
Houston, TX 77005
Phone: (713) 348-6362
Fax: (713) 348-5686
NanoJapan: Selected by the National Academy of Engineering as a model
program for "Infusing Real Word Experience into Engineering
Education". See pg. 33 of http://www.nae.edu/File.aspx?
NanoJapan: Winner of 2008 IIE Heiskell Award as a 'Best Practice in
Study Abroad'. See http://tinyurl.com/