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Nakatani RIES: Research & International Experiences for Students in Japan

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Academic Level:
Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore

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 or research institution

- Mid-Program Meeting

- Re-Entry Program at Rice University

- Enrollment in Rice University Summer School for 3 credits of Engineering Research (ELEC 490)

- 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 the program website.

We look forward to receiving applications from interested freshman and sophomore science & engineering students from universities nationwide! For questions please email or call +1 (832) 420-2751.
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Application Deadline: 1/12/2017
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Rice University (Lead)

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Academic Disciplines:
Biomedical Engineering
Chemical & Nuclear Engineering
Computer & Electrical Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Optics & Photonics

Engineering Research
International Research

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