2017: Nina Yoshitake

Nina Yoshitake
Home University: The University of Tokyo
Field of Study: Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
Status: B3   Expected Graduation: March 2019
Research Host Lab: Prof. Junghae Suh, Department of Bioengineering

 

Why Nakatani RIES?
The two main reasons why I applied to the Nakatani RIES program is that I believe it will help me think about my career as a research scientist and that it would broaden my horizons. In Japan, many people believe the research environment in the US is quite different from that of Japan, and that experiencing research there would be a big plus for one’s career. Experiencing this for myself through this program would help me decide whether I should study abroad in the future for graduate or post graduate studies. I am also curious about the careers of female researchers and the challenges they may face. The number of female researchers in Japan is still limited and I cannot help but anticipate my future in such environment. In the US, there is much research done in computational biology, which I’m majoring in, and I wish to experience such atmosphere where it is so appreciated as well.

I also wish to broaden my horizons by learning about the various research done at Rice University, including research in areas that I am not yet familiar with; meeting people from different backgrounds and communicating with them; experiencing things new to me including food and culture. I believe this program is an invaluable opportunity for undergraduate students to experience research in the US. It will support students who love science, refuel their passion for it, and encourage them to pursue their dreams.

 Goals for the Summer
  • Practice to explain things logistically using English in an easily understandable way.
  • Learn about the career path for researchers in the US.
  • Experience various cultures and communicate with many people with different values.
  • Be inspired.

Excerpts from Nina’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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