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PIRE TeraNano Program Website

Up to 3 Graduate Research Assistantships Available at Rice University for U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Students

Funded by a National Science Foundation Partnerships for International Research and Education (NSF-PIRE) grant, the PIRE TeraNano Program supports the expansion of a unique interdisciplinary U.S. - Japan research and education partnership focused on terahertz (THz) dynamics in nanostructures. The 0.1 to 10 THz frequency range of the electromagnetic spectrum is where electrical transport and optical transitions merge, thus offering exciting opportunities to study a variety of novel physical phenomena. By combining THz technology and nanotechnology, we can advance our understanding of THz physics while improving and developing THz devices. The U.S. and Japan are global leaders in both THz research and nanotechnology, and stimulating cooperation is critical to further advance THz science and develop commercial products from new ideas in the lab.

However, obstacles exist for international collaboration - primarily linguistic and cultural barriers - and this PIRE project aims to continue breaking down these barriers. The project will also leverage large investments by both countries to achieve long-term scientific and societal impact by providing future generations of researchers
with a better understanding of both the culture and the state-of-the-art technology in each country.

The PIRE TeraNano Graduate Research Program provides research assistantships to U.S. citizen and permanent resident students with a keen interest in terahertz (THz) dynamics in nanostructures.  Up to three positions are available at Rice University within this program.  The program provides an annual stipend of $25,000/year and each TeraNano graduate student is expected to participate in at least one fully-funded International Research Experience (IRE) with a TeraNano collaborating laboratory in Japan. Students are expected to make at least a 2 year commitment to the program.

Prospective graduate students interested in the PIRE TeraNano program are encouraged to apply to the Photonics and Nanoengineering track within the PhD program in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering or to the Applied Physics PhD program within the Rice Quantum Institute.  After submitting your complete graduate admission application students should also submit a one-page letter of interest to Prof. Junichiro Kono (kono@rice.edu) outlining their research interests within the area of terahertz (THz) dynamics in nanostructures and their interest in international research collaboration in Japan.

Currently enrolled graduate students at Rice University should contact Prof. Kono directly to discuss their interest in this research program.

To learn more about the PIRE TeraNano Program, please click here.

Applied Physics Program Website 

Rice University offers an M.S/Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics (note: we do not offer a stand-alone MS degree; it is achieved as part of the PhD program). A joint effort of both the Natural Sciences and the Engineering divisions at Rice, the Applied Physics program is overseen by a committee composed of members from among the Departments of Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Physics and Astronomy. The objective is to provide an interdisciplinary graduate education in the basic science that underlies important technology. The faculty believes that the experience obtained by performing research at the intellectually stimulating interface of physical science and engineering is particularly effective in producing graduates who succeed in careers based on new and emerging technologies.