The Nakatani RIES: Research & International Experiences for Students connects undergraduates with the best of science & engineering research in the U.S. or Japan. 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.
U.S. Fellows can apply to spend up to 13 weeks in Japan in summer from mid-May to mid-August. While abroad, fellows participate in a Japanese language and culture orientation (3 weeks), conduct a hands-on research internship in a leading science or engineering host laboratory in Japan (9 weeks), and participate in a Re-Entry Program with the capstone being the presentation of a research poster at a Rice University research symposium (1 week).
Japanese Fellows can apply to spend up to seven weeks in the U.S. from August – September. While abroad, Japanese fellows participate in an Orientation to Research & Higher Education in the U.S. program (1 week), conduct a hands-on research internship in a leading science or engineering host laboratory at Rice University including the presentation of a final research poster (5 weeks), and participate in final week program designed to introduce students to the culture of research at other U.S. universities (1 week). Japanese fellows will also have the option to apply for a Part II program that, if selected, would enable them to return to the U.S to conduct another 4 – 6 week research experience the following spring.
The Nakatani RIES Fellowship Program is organized by the Nakatani Foundation and is implemented by the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Rice University.