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TOMODACHI Rice logo_v2The TOMODACHI-STEM @ Rice University for Female Students is a five-week research internship program for 10 female undergraduates from Japan who are majoring in science & engineering (S&E). Held at Rice University in Houston, TX, the program will enable students to gain real world experience with S&E research, provide an introduction to U.S. higher education and provide opportunities for cultural engagement and collaboration with U.S. students. The program will serve as a catalyst for female Japanese students interested in S&E study and research and engagement with the U.S. through international research collaborations.

TOMODACHI STEM Program @ Rice University は、日本の大学で理系学部を専攻する女性の大学生10名を対象とした5週間の研究インターンシッププログラムです。同プログラムは、テキサス州ヒューストンにあるライス大学にて行われ、大学の研究室に属して最先端の研究活動に触れると同時に、アメリカの高等教育システムを体験し、米国人学生との交流活動を通して言語や文化を学ぶ機会を提供します。このプログラムは、国際共同研究を通じて、理工学研究に興味を持つ日本人女子学生に、アメリカとの連携のきっかけを提供することを目的としています。

 

 

The program’s impact can best be highlighted through the words of some of our 2016 and 2017 TOMODACHI STEM participants.

  • “I would like to emphasize how beneficial this program is especially for freshman (B1) students. This program gave me great opportunities to consider about my future career, and I was able to learn a lot of interesting things which are neverknown for me while I’m in Japan. Thanks to this program, now I want to get a Ph.D. in the United States… I hope more and more freshman know about this program and consider about attractive future alternatives. I also would like to spread about this program in my university if the next program is decided. ~ Sawa Shimokawa, Osaka University
  • “For me, it was just a ‘dream’ to one day study in U.S., the country where many innovations have occurred. But by experiencing the real life in the laboratory in U.S., meeting the Japanese students who are actually studying at Rice and knowing the higher education system in U.S., I was able to consider that studying in U.S. is no longer just a ‘dream’ but a possible ‘ choice’ of my future.” ~ Ms. Yumiko Kimura, Tokyo University of Science 
  • “I think we have to think about studying abroad. In Japan, many people be graduate student at same university with they attended for their undergraduate degree. I think we are to know we have more choice for owe future. Each choice has good and bad points, so I think knowing about options is good for us to find our own platform.” ~ Ms. Shiho Nagai, Toyota Technological Institute 
  • “… the program changed my view towards the US graduate school and
    the importance of having PhD degree. I learned that PhD creates more possibilities
    on our careers as science and engineering students…” ~ Ms. Yoko Amazaki, Osaka University 
  • “… here in my lab, I have daily discussion sessions with my professor and seniors
    who have helped me to understand difficult theories by showing their research
    results. So I could feel that research is not individual endeavor, but team effort.” ~
    Ms. Mikiko Iwagao, Tokyo University of Science
  • “Before this program, I thought that Japan is such a small country in the world of
    science. However, I met so many people who are interested in doing research in
    Japan, like an undergraduate aspiring to get Ph.D. in Japan, and a graduate who
    wants to work as a post doc in Japan. There are also many people who are interested in Japanese culture. I communicated with such people, hearing about the U.S. situation and telling about Japanese situation within my knowledge. I could
    somehow understand the importance of Japan in the scientific field and be an
    ambassador of my own country…” ~ Ms. Makiko Ogino, University of Tokyo
  • “I’m sure that TOMODACHI STEM program @ Rice University got many
    experiences and connections, which were broadened my horizons, and got some
    goals; to communicate in English fluently, to work as a researcher in foreign
    countries in the future, and to return to the U.S. for researching. I’m very glad to
    have participated in the program and met many great people. I’d like to keep in
    touch with them in the future, and never forget what I learned, felt and thought
    through the program.” ~ Ms. Yoko Tomo, Kyushu University

TOMODACHI_WhiteFramed-4The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership, born out of support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, that invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as leadership programs. We seek to foster a “TOMODACHI generation” of young American and Japanese leaders who are committed to and engaged in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations, appreciate each other’s countries and cultures, and possess the global skills and mindsets needed to contribute to and thrive in a more cooperative, prosperous, and secure world.

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