The NanoJapan International Research Experience for Undergraduates (IREU) provides U.S. undergraduates with structured research opportunities in Japanese university laboratories with Japanese mentors focused on the study of THz dynamics in nanostructures.
Supported by the National Science Foundation and directed by Rice University and the University of Tulsa, the program is open to engineering and physics students nationwide who are interested in nanotechnology research. The NanoJapan IREU runs for three months in the summer and includes a three-week orientation program in Tokyo, an eight-week internship in a leading Japanese university nanotechnology laboratory, and a re-entry program with career development seminars and a poster presentation at Rice University.
Program participants will be required to pay for a one-credit summer course at Rice University to be included in the IREU. NanoJapan provides for each participant's travel to and from Japan as well as for orientation, in-service training, and re-entry programming. The NSF provides a stipend of up to $4,500, from which partipants may provide for their housing, meals, and other incidental expenses. Participants may be encouraged to apply for supplemental funding from other sources if they anticipate a shortfall in their summer budgets.
Candidates for the program must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as freshmen or sophomores in a U.S. college or university and focusing on engineering and/or physics. They must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing and be able to express an interest in nanotechnology as it relates to the THz dynamics of nanostructures. Candidates do not need Japanese language skills to apply but should be able to express an interest in studying Japanese language and/or culture.
All eligible students with a strong interest in physics-related nanotechnology research and desire to study in Japan are encouraged to apply. Women, underrepresented groups, and students from schools with limited research opportunities are particularly encouraged to apply.