Now Accepting Applications for the 2020 TOMODACHI-STEM @ Rice University Program for Female Undergraduates
Apply by: February 26, 2020 (11:59 PM, Japan time)
Program Dates: August 13 – September 21, 2020
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Rice University is pleased to announce the opening of the application cycle for the 2020 TOMODACHI STEM @ Rice University program. Up to 10 female undergraduate science & engineering (S&E) students from Japan will be selected to participate in this five-week research internship program. 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. Program dates will be August 13 – September 21, 2020.
2020 TOMODACHI STEM @ Rice Program は、日本の大学で理工系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。テキサス州ヒューストン市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。プログラムの開催日は2020年8月13日～9月21日です。
To be eligible to apply students must:
- Be at least 18 years old;
- Be a Japanese citizen or permanent resident;
- Be a female, currently-enrolled, degree-seeking undergraduate student in good academic standing at a Japanese institution of higher education;
- Be majoring in a science or engineering field and interested in conducting research in an academic department within Rice’s School of Engineering or a related Research Center or Group or within an academic department within the School of Natural Sciences or a related Research Center or Group
- At the time of application, be a B1, B2, B3, or B4 student
- If a B4 student at time of application, you must be enrolled as a degree-seeing graduate (M1) student by April 2020.
- Be able to express a demonstrated interest in international science & engineering research & future graduate study in your field;
- Have the conversational English-language ability to successfully conduct research in a U.S. university lab.
Funding: The program provides funding for international airfare, lodging in the Houston (double-occupancy), all seminar and internship related costs, some cultural outings, travel/lodging for final week Science Technology & Leadership study tour on the East Coast, and international health insurance. Students must pay individually for all passport and visa application fees, some university fees, SEVIS fees, required immunizations, meals in the U.S., and personal spending.
Applications are due by February 26, 2020 at 11:59 PM (Japan time). In addition to the online application form, students will be required to submit:
- University Transcript/Grade Record (in English)
- One Letter of Recommendation (English preferred)
To date, 40 Japanese students from 20 different universities throughout Japan have participated in our program. Interested applicants may also want to review the website profiles of past TOMODACHI STEM participants and from our related programs that enable Japanese undergraduate students to conduct research at Rice University.
- 2019 TOMODACHI STEM Participants
- 2018 TOMODACHI STEM Participants
- 2017 TOMODACHI STEM Participants
- 2016 TOMODACHI STEM Participants
For more information see the Application Overview page on our program website or email email@example.com. We look forward to receiving your application!
This program is sponsored by a grant from the TOMODACHI Initiative, a public-private partnership that invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as leadership programs. The program is administered by the Kono Lab at Rice University.