2017: Etsuko Ishii

Etsuko Ishii
Home University: the University of Tokyo
Field of Study: Applied Mathematics
Status: B3   Expected Graduation: March 2019
Research Host Lab: Prof. Devika Subramanian, Department of Computer Science

 

Why Nakatani RIES?

Science & Engineering Research at Rice will affect both my short-range and long-term visions. In the short-term, it will encourage me to study abroad for several years. To realize my dream to become a researcher, I plan to join in a graduate school in the U.S. after I get a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tokyo. I took an intensive German course in Free University of Berlin last winter, which inspired a desire to study overseas again. I expect this participation at Rice will serve as a good simulation for it.

In the long-term, it will be the first step of my career as a professional in science and engineering. I hope to carefully observe during this internship program what researchers do in their studies. I know how they look like while working, since my parents are linguistic professors. They often brought me to conferences on linguistic or a comparative literature to show me the academic world since my childhood. However, there is a serious gap between just seeing others and trying things myself. I heard that Rice University takes good care of students, and in addition, plenty of attractive research is conducted there. Therefore, it will be appropriate for my first academic research experience.

Goals for the Summer

  • Get used to academic English.
  • Understand how scientists conduct their research.
  • Broaden my sight through communication with people from various backgrounds​.

Excerpts from Etsuko’s Weekly Reports

Week 01: Arrival in the U.S.

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Week 02: First Week in My Research Lab at Rice

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Week 03: Interview with a U.S. Researcher

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Week 04: Reflections on English Language & Life in the U.S.

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Week 05: Research in the U.S. vs. Research in Japan

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Week 06: Final Week at Rice & Research Poster Presentation

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Week 07: Visit to Washington D.C. and New York City

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Final Report & Tips for Future Participants

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