The Nakatani RIES Fellowship in Japan is a 13-week, summer research internship in science & engineering that is open to freshman and sophomore engineering students from universities nationwide. This summer program seeks to cultivate interest in science & engineering research among young U.S. undergraduate students, especially those from underrepresented groups, and encourages such students to pursue future graduate study. To be eligible students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Up to 12 students will be selected to participate annually.
The program design, combining the best aspects of a traditional study abroad experience with intensive high-technology research internships, is modeled off of the award-winning NanoJapan: International Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (2006 – 2015) which has been nationally recognized as an innovative and effective model for international STEM programs. While abroad, fellows participate in a Japanese language and culture orientation (3 weeks), conduct a hands-on research internship in a leading science or engineering host laboratory in Japan (9 weeks), and participate in a Re-Entry Program with the capstone being the presentation of a research poster at a Rice University research symposium (1 week).
To learn more about the Nakatani RIES experience, check out our Student Profiles. To date, six Rice University students have participated in this program.
"Nakatani RIES has been my dream program for this summer because of the way it perfectly merges a rich study abroad experience and a serious research experience in nanoscale science. This internship presents the amazing opportunity to explore Japan, an exciting, innovative country rich in culture and tradition. I’m excited to go to Japan and compare what I see to my own Asian cultural heritage and experience. In addition, this program perfectly aligns with my career goals and research interests: I want to pursue a career in research in nanoscale science and engineering, especially with interesting, novel nanomaterials. As my mentor from Rice, Professor Naik, has told me, there is no better place to study materials than Japan. I’m so excited to be part of a program that creates a uniquely holistic, immersive research experience that will train me to become a more mature researcher. The research of the future will be of global scale, crossing many cultural bounds, and I’m so eager to become immersed in it this summer." ~ Alex Hwang, 2017 Nakatani RIES U.S. Fellow, Rice University, ECE & Physics
The Nakatani RIES Fellowship Program is organized by the Nakatani Foundation and is implemented by the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Rice University.