The Nakatani RIES: Research & International Experiences for Students Fellowship 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.
Japanese Fellows can apply to spend up to six weeks in the U.S. from August – September. While abroad, Japanese fellows participate in an two-day Orientation to Research & Higher Education in the U.S. at Rice University, a five-week, hands-on research internship in a science or engineering host laboratory at Rice University with the capstone being the presentation of a research poster at a university symposium, and a one-week final week program on the East Coast designed to introduce students to the culture of research at other U.S. universities.
Program activities that will take place in Japan include an optional, two-day weekend trip with the U.S. Fellows in May, a required two-day weekend Pre-Departure Orientation in Kyoto in July, and a one-day closing workshop in Kobe on a Saturday late September.
U.S. Fellows can apply to spend up to 13 weeks in Japan in summer from mid-May to mid-August. The program includes a 2-day Pre-Departure Orientation at Rice University, a three-week Japanese language, culture, and society orientation and introduction to research in Tokyo, a nine-week, hands-on science or engineering research internships at a Japanese university, and a one-day closing workshop in Tokyo, and a three-day Re-Entry Program at Rice University with the capstone being the presentation of a research poster at a Rice University research symposium.
The Nakatani RIES Fellowship Program is organized by the Nakatani Foundation and is implemented by the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Rice University.