Participants

2016.02.22_TOMODACHI Group Photo 22016 TOMODACHI STEM @ Rice University Participants
Learn more about the 2016 participants by clicking on their names below to read their student profiles, excerpts from their weekly reports, and download a PDF of their final research project presentation at Rice.

These profiles may provide Japanese students planning to do research in the U.S. with helpful insights about what the experience may be like but remember that everyone’s research experience will be unique and will vary based on your research host university/city, assigned research host professor, research project, and other factors.

Amazaki, Yoko_PhotoMs. Yoko Amazaki
Home University in Japan: Osaka University
Research Host at Rice: Prof. Jun Lou, Materials Science & Nanoengineering

“Throughout 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…” ~ Yoko Amazaki

Haraguchi, Ruriko_PhotoMs. Ruriko Haraguchi
Home University in Japan: University of Tsukuba
Research Host at Rice: Prof. Yildiz Bayazitoglu, Mechanical Engineering

“Experiencing labs in US for my first time and seeing the reality of where I had dreamed, I came to think that I need to find out what I really want to study before I consider enrolling in a graduate school abroad. I especially felt that strong interest and motivation in some type of field is essential in order to live through the busy and challenging graduate school life in the US. US graduate schools welcome students willing to learn regardless of age, so I may one day be studying in one of the labs when my research goal becomes clear in the near future.  This 5-weeks really inspired me in many ways, and I feel so grateful to have experienced this before making important decisions in my senior college years.” ~ Ruriko Haraguchi

Ms. Mikiko Iwago
Home University in Japan: Tokyo University of Science
Research Host at Rice: Prof. Tayfun Tezduyar, Mechanical Engineering

“… 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.” ~ Mikiko Iwagao

Katsumi, Kota_PhotoMr. Kota Katsumi
Home University in Japan: University of Tokyo
Research Host at Rice: Prof. Junichiro Kono, Electrical & Computer Engineering

“By doing my research with Fumiya [graduate student mentor for his project], I could learn a lot of things about doing experiments, the attitude towards research, how to give a good presentation and so on. In addition, through this program, I could learn about difference between graduate schools in Japan and the U.S.” ~ Kota Katsumi

Katsumi, Ryota_PhotoMr. Ryota Katsumi
Home University in Japan: University of Tokyo
Research Host at Rice: Prof. P.M. Ajayan, Materials Science & Nanoengineering

“The students here have a solid goal and they are eager to do their projects. I realized this attitude is important in order to become one of the best scientists in the world.” ~ Ryota Katsumi

Ogino, Makiko_PhotoMs. Makiko Ogino
Home University in Japan: University of Tokyo
Research Host at Rice: Prof. Emilia Morosan, Physics & Astronomy

“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…” ~ Makiko Ogino

Okada, Kosuke_PhotoMr. Kosuke Okada
Home University in Japan: Osaka University
Research Host at Rice: Prof. Junichiro Kono, Electrical & Computer Engineering

“I realized the difficulty of scientific research again through this internship at Rice University. But, at Rice, there are many PhD course students and international students and they were very eager in their studies. It encourages me to do research hard in graduate school. The research activity at Rice University motivated me greatly and was very good opportunity to think about research in Japan objectively.” ~ Kosuke Okada

Sakamoto, Megumi_PhotoMs. Megumi Sakamoto
Home University in Japan: Sophia University
Research Host at Rice: Prof. Rick Barrera, Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science & Nanoengineering

“TOMODACHI STEM @ Rice made me strong in terms of studying, doing, research, living myself….and so on.” ~ Megumi Sakamoto

Tomo, Yoko_PhotoMs. Yoko Tomo
Home University in Japan: Kyushu University
Research Host at Rice: Prof. P.M. Ajayan, Materials Science & Nanoengineering

“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.” ~ Yoko Tomo

Yoshida, Shuhei_PhotoMr. Shuhei Yoshida
Home University in Japan: University of Tokyo
Research Host at Rice: Prof. Bruce Weisman, Chemistry

“In the future, I want to be a principal investigator in the materials science research field and also want to be able to take leadership in big research projects. Now, I definitely believe that all of the experiences I had in TOMODACHI STEM @ Rice University program will help and encourage me to become a leader connecting different countries including Japan and the U.S.” ~ Shuhei Yoshida

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