The Nakatani RIES: Research & International Experiences for Students connects undergraduates with the best of science & engineering research in the U.S. or Japan. 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.
The Nakatani RIES Program is organized by the Nakatani Foundation and is implemented by the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Rice University. Nakatani RIES is modeled off of Rice University’s award-winning 2006 – 2015 NanoJapan: International Research Experience for Undergraduates Program which provided 144 U.S. undergraduates with a transformative research & cultural experience in Japan.