2017: Rio Tsukimura

Rio Tsukimura
Home University: The University of Tokyo
Field of Study: Chemistry and Biotechnology
Status: B3   Expected Graduation: March 2019
Research Host Lab: Prof. Michael S. Wong, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Why Nakatani RIES?
Even though I have decided my major and want to be a scientist in the future in some way, I don’t have a clear image about what it is like to study in laboratory at an academic institution, and I don’t know what I want to be and do clearly. Through the Nakatani RIES Fellowship Program, I would like to learn what it is like to complete a research project by having the experience of conducting a whole series of experiments, and spending a whole month with people at Rice University. I believe that this internship experience will be extremely helpful for me in the my future in the academic world and also in business situations. Thanks to the Nakatani Foundation, I can concentrate on my stay in Texas without worrying about the cost and learn more about opportunities to possibly pursue a Ph.D degree at leading universities in the U.S.  I want to utilize this chance well and hopefully connect it to my next steps in the U.S.

In addition to the scientific environment at Rice University, I am looking forward to meeting with the other Japanese Fellows and Nakatani U.S. Fellows if possible. Their ways of thinking about future career plans will stimulate my interest, and I hope that their points of view will provide me various options as a scientist for the future. I would like to contribute to them in the same way as much as possible.

Goals for the Summer

  • Make friends and good relationships with people at Rice University and with the other Nakatani Fellows.
  • Improve my English ability not only in daily conversations but also in academic writing and presentation skills.
  • Broaden my outlook internationally and scientifically.

  • Stimulate our motivation as an engineer or scientist BY EACH OTHER.

  • Enjoy!

Excerpts from Rio’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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