TOMODACHI-STEM @ Rice University is a five-week summer research internship program for up to 10 Japanese female undergraduate students 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 Japanese students interested in S&E study and research and engagement with the U.S. through international research collaborations. The objectives are to:
- Nurture the next generation of female science and engineering students in Japan,
- Cultivate an interest in science and engineering research and research collaborations
between the U.S. and Japan,
- Contribute to the development of a generation of internationally savvy female
Japanese students who have a specific interest in and knowledge of the U.S., and
- Educate students in culture, language, and technology, in order that they may be
more effective when addressing global scientific problems.
The program will be held from February 24 – March 31, 2018 (pending official notice of funding from program sponsor) and will include:
- Pre-Departure Webinar in January
- Four-week science & engineering research internship at Rice University
- One-week Science & Technology Policy, Leadership and Mentorship study tour in Washington, DC and Lehigh University (Pennsylvania)
While at Rice University, students will also participate cultural programming that may include seminars on topics such as:
- English Language Conversation Classes (organized by Rice’s OISS)
- Seminars on topics such as:
- Cultural Adjustment While Abroad in the U.S.
- Graduate Study and Research in Science & Engineering in the U.S.
- U.S. – Japan Relationship through Baseball
- Introduction to the Baker Institutes Science & Technology Policy Program and The Role of the “Civic Scientist” in the U.S.
- Participation in cultural outings and events in and around the Houston area
- Engagement with Rice University undergraduate students through participation in various campus events, clubs and activities.
- Opportunity to attend the Japanese Language Table where you can meet Rice University students who are studying Japanese
Course Enrollment: Participants in the TOMODACHI STEM Program will attend Rice University as a Visiting Undergraduate Research Student as part of the Spring 2017 semester. They will be enrolled in a 0 credit, ELEC 007 Visiting Research course and will receive a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade. At the end of Rice’s spring semester, in late May, participants will be able request a Rice University transcript online from the Office of the Registrar via the National Student Clearinghouse that will certify their participation in the program. Students should email program staff if they have questions or if any additional information regarding course enrollment is required by their home university in Japan.
Proof of Meningococcal Vaccination Record or Waiver (required if under the age of 22). Texas State Law requires all “entering students” to be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis if you are under the age of 22 as of the first day of classes. If you are 21 or younger as of the first day of the program at Rice University, you must show proof that you have received this vaccination within the past 5 years. More information will be shared with selected participants who are required to show proof of vaccination.