NanoJapan: Summer Nanotechnology Research Program for Undergraduates

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*NanoJapan: Summer Nanotechnology Research Program for Undergraduates*
*Program Dates:* May 14 - August 6, 2010
*Application Deadline:* January 31, 2010

Rice University is pleased to announce the opening of the application cycle
for the 2010 NanoJapan: International Research Experience for Undergraduates program. NanoJapan consists of a three-week Japanese language and culture orientation program held in Tokyo followed by a nine-week research internship at leading nanotechnology laboratories throughout Japan.

Potential research host universities include Keio University, the University
of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Chiba University, Kyoto University,
Osaka University, Osaka Institute of Technology, Shinshu University, Tohoku
University and Hokkaido University.  Participants will also travel to Kyoto
for a Mid-Program Meeting including a full-day Origin Japanese Traditional
Arts Workshop.  NanoJapan concludes with participants returning to Rice
University to present scientific research posters on their summer projects
at the Rice Quantum Institute Summer Research Symposium.

The NanoJapan program is open to freshman and sophomore engineering and physics students who are currently enrolled in good academic standing at any US institution of higher education.  Applicants must be able to express a
demonstrated interest in the field of nanotechnology as it relates to
nanoscale semiconductor devices, nanophotonics, and carbon nanotubes.  No
prior Japanese language experience is required as English is the primary
language of all research host labs though applicants should be able to
express a demonstrated interest in the study of Japanese language and/or

Sixteen students will be selected to participate in the 2010 program and
selected participants will be required to enroll for one academic research
credit through the Rice University Summer School.  However, due to funding
made possible by a National Science Foundation Partnership for International
Research and Education (NSF-PIRE) grant all participants will receive a
stipend of up to $3,500 to be used towards international airfare and living
costs during the research internship period.

For more information please email

The NanoJapan program is funded by a NSF-PIRE grant awarded to Prof.
Junichiro Kono of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at
Rice University and his co-PIs at the University of Tulsa, University of
Florida, and Texas A&M University.