Specialized Programs in ECE
PIRE TeraNano Program
Up to 3 Graduate Research Assistantships Available at Rice University for U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Students
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.
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 see http://nanojapan.rice.edu.
Applied Physics Program
Rice University offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Physics. 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.
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
The objective of the REU program at RQI is to give undergraduate
students an opportunity to train during the summer in an intense,
interdisciplinary, collaborative research environment and to involve
them in a program of discussions and interactions with faculty and
graduate students. Students from many schools spend 10 weeks at Rice
working on cutting-edge projects with individual RQI research groups.
This provides an accelerated introduction to experimental and/or
theoretical research work itself, as well as insight into how
fundamental research in atomic, molecular, optical, surface, materials,
chemical and biophysical sciences relate to many important technologies.
In addition, each student is expected to attend special seminars and
group discussions for REU participants, make a report of the project and
participate in the RQI Research Colloquium at the end of the summer.