Nakatani RIES Japanese Fellows – Potential Research Hosts in the U.S.
All participants will be placed into a science or engineering research lab at Rice University under the advisement of a U.S. host professor and each student will be assigned a U.S. graduate student research mentor. Once selected as participants, students will be assigned specific research host labs by Prof. Junichiro Kono by mid-to-late July and research projects will be developed in consultation with the Rice University host professor.
The Rice University host labs are selected for their willingness to mentor a young undergraduate student, for contributions to cutting-edge science & engineering research, and a desire to increase the international diversity and intercultural competencies of their group members by providing them with an opportunity to work with visiting undergraduate researchers from Japan.
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The goals of the research internship are to:
- Provide students with hands-on experience with cutting-edge science & engineering research;
- Enhance students technical and research skill sets;
- Enable students to collaborate in an international research experience;
- Enhance students inter-cultural communication & English language skills;
- Encourage students to pursue future graduate study and research.
Prior to application students are strongly encouraged to:
- Review the websites of professor/s in academic departments in your field or area of research interest.
- Indicate in your application essays up to 3 host professors/labs at Rice University that you are most interested in working with. This will help the selection committee better understand your specific research interests.
- Please do not contact potential host professors at Rice yet. If you are selected as a participant in the program, we will assist you with placement into an appropriate host lab at Rice based on your research interests/academic background and host lab availability.
Rice University School of Engineering and School of Natural Sciences*
- Academic Departments
- Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
- Civil & Environmental Engineering
- Computational and Applied Mathematics
- Computer Science
- Earth Science, Environmental, and Planetary Science
- Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Materials Science & Nanoengineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Physics & Astronomy
- Research Centers
Tip: Look for the ‘People’ or ‘Faculty’ or ‘Directory’ section on these websites. You should be able to click the faculty member’s name to see their profile and then find a link for their research host lab. You can also use Google to find the lab website of a specific professor. Just type in: Rice University Prof. First Name Last Name and one of the top results will probably be their laboratory website.
* Students cannot apply for placement into the School of Architecture. Architecture is a separate school/faculty at Rice University and does not participate in the Nakatani RIES Fellowship. Architecture students should review our Other Related Programs page information on other opportunities they may be eligible to apply for.
Japanese Student Experience at Rice University
Applicants are also encouraged to review the website profiles of Japanese students who have previously conducted research at Rice University.