Nakatani RIES Fellowship – Science & Engineering Research in Japan for Undergrads

The Nakatani Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the application cycle for the 2016 Nakatani RIES: Research & International Experience Program for U.S. Students! Nakatani RIES connects undergraduates with the best of science & engineering research in Japan and the U.S. and is open to undergraduate science & engineering students who are attending U.S. or Japanese universities.

U.S. Fellows can apply to spend up to 12 weeks in Japan in summer and Japanese Fellows can apply to spend up to eight weeks in the U.S. from August – September. While abroad, fellows participate in language, cultural, and communication training and conduct a hands-on research internship in a leading science or engineering research host laboratory. The program serves as a catalyst for U.S. & Japanese students interested in future graduate study and research and contributes to the development of a generation of globally-engaged scientists & engineers who have the technical and culture skills to contribute to vibrant international research collaborations in the future.

2016 PROGRAM OVERVIEW: The Nakatani RIES Fellowship for U.S. Students is a 12-week, summer research internship in science & engineering that is open to freshman and sophomore engineering students from universities nationwide. This summer program seeks to cultivate interest in science & engineering research among young U.S. undergraduate students, especially those from underrepresented groups, and encourages such students to pursue future graduate study.  Up to 14 students will be selected to participate annually.

The Nakatani RIES Fellowship for U.S. Students program will include the following program components. Opportunities will also be provided for engagement with RIES Fellows from Japan via shared in-person workshops and networking and opportunities for virtual engagement via online webinars and e-mentorship.

– Pre-Departure Orientation at Rice University
– Introduction to Science & Engineering Research in Japan Seminar
– Japanese Language & Culture Orientation in Tokyo
– Research Internship in a leading science or engineering research host lab
at a Japanese university
– Mid-Program Meeting
– Re-Entry Program at Rice University
– Enrollment in Rice University Summer School for 3 research credits
– Alumni Follow-on Project

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to apply for the Nakatani RIES Fellowship for
U.S. Students must be:

– Be a currently-enrolled, degree-seeking undergraduate student in good
academic standing
– Be attending a U.S. institution of higher education
– Be in their freshman (first year) or sophomore (second year) of
undergraduate study
– Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
– Have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0
– Be able to express a demonstrated interest in international science &
engineering research and future graduate study in your field

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 science or engineering are also strongly encouraged to apply.

BENEFITS: The Nakatani Foundation provides funding for most U.S. student
costs including summer school tuition for 3 research credits, international
health insurance for duration of time in Japan, domestic airfare to/from
Houston, international airfare to/from Japan, all lodging costs, a
meal/living costs stipend, seminar and Japanese language course fees during
the orientation program in Tokyo, and travel costs in Japan to/from the
research internship and Mid-Program Meeting.

STUDENT COSTS: Costs that students will pay individually include passport
and visa fees (if required), immunizations (if required), books, Japanese
cell phone rental and usage, living costs above the provided meal/living
cost stipend, independent travel/sight-seeing in Japan, and personal
expenses.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Online applications must be submitted by February 1,
2016 and two letters of recommendation must be received by February 5. For
more information on the NanoJapan program and to access the online
application please see http://nakatani-ries.rice.edu/ <http://nakatani-ries.rice.edu/>.

For questions please email nakatani-ries@rice.edu <mailto:nakatani-ries@rice.edu> or call +1 (832) 420-2751.

Links:
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[1] https://www.nakatani-foundation.jp/ <https://www.nakatani-foundation.jp/>
[2] http://nanojapan.rice.edu/ <http://nanojapan.rice.edu/>

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