2017: Miki Matsumoto

Miki Matsumoto
Home University: The University of Tokyo
Field of Study: Applied Biological Chemistry and Biotechnology
Status: B3   Expected Graduation: March 2019
Research Host Lab: Prof. Aryeh Warmflash, Department of Biosciences 

 

Why Nakatani RIES?

I am strongly interested in experimental embryology, or the early development of living organisms, particularly of mammals. I want to take on a challenge with experiments of embryology at Rice University to improve my problem-solving skills and to see what the American higher-level education is like. I am absolutely sure that the experience of this internship will help me make some decisions about my future career as a scientist.

I am a 3rd year undergraduate student and, as of yet, have little knowledge and experience. Therefore, my future dreams and goals can change drastically, but my current career goal is to be a scientist unveiling the detailed mechanism of cell development. I am thinking of studying for my Ph.D. in America. I expect the internship project to show me the pros and cons of being a scientist in the United States. Professors who had been to the U.S. when they were young said it was definitely a wonderful experience, but it was also really tough. Admittedly, their stories made me feel scared about studying abroad, but I wish to know the experience for myself. If I could enjoy this internship fully, I will gain the self-confidence I need to apply for Graduate Schools in America.

Goals for the Summer

  • Conduct some problem-solving experiments in a high-level laboratory. Improve my experimental skills and methodology for thinking scientifically.
  • See how my most interested scientific field can be applied in American or world-wide society. Feel what is expected or demanded for from society. Get ideas for generating scientific problems or research theme to research in my future.
  • See how research is carried out in the America and compare with that in Japan to decide where to do research in the future. Get used to working as a lab member (as opposed to doing individual research) and cooperating with others.
  • Make friends with people who love biology. Also broaden my view by integrating myself into highly multicultural environment of Rice University.

Excerpts from Miki’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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