2016

My Mid-summer Dream at Stanford University

By Yuchen Yan — Standing in front of San Francisco International Airport, I could not believe that I was really leaving Stanford University. Two months ago, I came to Stanford University, one of the best institutes in the world, as a participant of the Stanford Summer International Honors Program. Astonished by the spacious and gorgeous campus upon arrival, I moved into Branner Hall where I met students from around the globe. My roommate was a lovely and energetic girl from Hong Kong University, majoring in Economics, and from the first day we had shared our different and similar studying...
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2016

My Return to Japan and the University of Tokyo

By Rocco Vitalone — In the summer of 2015, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Japan for 13 weeks to both immerse myself in Japanese culture and conduct fundamental physics research in the Shimano Laboratory at the University of Tokyo. While there, I really learned a lot about Japanese culture and traveled all over the place, seeing many of the famous Japanese sights and cities. At the same time, I spent long days and nights in lab, learning a great deal about physics and becoming very close with Shimano-sensei, Matsunaga-san, Tomita-san, and all of my other lab...
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2016

ICPSR in Michigan

By Fumiya Uchikoshi — Throughout this summer, I participated in ICPSR summer program in Ann Arbor, Michigan. ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) is an association among universities in the world which plays a role in archiving various kinds of political and social survey data and providing tools and opportunities for researchers to analyze these data. ICPSR summer program is one of the core programs in this organization which holds many workshops on applied statistical methods and modeling in the social sciences over two sessions during the summer. The purpose of studying at ICPSR summer program was...
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Report of Yale Summer Session

By Ayaka Seki — I participated in Yale Summer Session from July 4th to August 5th (five weeks) thanks to the generous support from FUTI. Most part of Yale Summer Session was held in the campus of Yale University in New Haven. New Haven was not a big city, but all we needed was provided by Yale and we did not have inconvenience. Moreover, we could enjoy many restaurants in New Haven because its downtown was near to the campus. We stayed at the dormitories of Yale. Yale has 12 dormitories, which are called “residential colleges.” I was at...
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2016

Beauty in Japan

By Grace Pan — When I first stepped foot onto Japanese soil a few weeks ago, I could not help but gape in awe at everything around me. Everything looked exactly how I imagined it to be: flat roofed suburb houses, narrow alleyways flanked by backyard fences, telephone wires swaying over rice fields. It was like living in an anime, but rippling with life. But one thing I missed entirely even with my decade-long anime consumption, was how incredibly respectful and polite Japanese culture is. Sure, I knew that the Japanese language was densely peppered with honorifics and had...
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2016

Found My Tokyo

By Meng Luo — On July 3rd, 2016, I arrived at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo. Although this was already my third time visiting this city, I still could not help myself capturing the beauty of Tokyo Skytree with my camera before landing. This time, I was selected by the University of Tokyo and University of California, Berkeley to participate a six-week summer research program at UTokyo. As a physics major student, I could not describe how excited I was when I was informed that I could work on gravitational wave detector at UTokyo. With LIGO’s first detection of...
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2016

FUTI Summary Report: UTSIP 2016

By Roxanne Lai — During the summer of 2016, I was fortunate enough to be granted the opportunity to participate in the University of Tokyo Summer Internship program in Kashiwa (UTSIP). Thanks to the support granted by the Friends of UTokyo, Inc. (FUTI), and the International Liaison Office (ILO) at UTokyo, I was able to conduct research under the supervision of Professor Tomochika Tokunaga in the Geosphere Environment Systems Laboratory. I decided to apply for the UTSIP 2016 program because I wanted to find out more about research and graduate school life (especially in Japan) in the general field...
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2016

Berkeley Summer Program

By Nonoko Kawabata — With a generous support from Friends of UTokyo, Inc, I spent an unforgettable summer at University of California, Berkeley. In this report, I would like to share my experience. The main purposes of participating in this program were to improve my English skill and to widen my view of my research field. To fulfill these purposes, I attended two classes during the program; one was about “Conflict Resolution” and the other was about “Clinical Psychology”. Actually, there are countless number of conflicts in the world, range from neighborhood quarrels to conflicts between countries. In the...
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2016

FUTI Report

By Jeffrey Gau — After graduating from Yale, I spent a month at the University of Tokyo (UTokyo) taking courses titled “Introduction to the Japanese Language” and “Nanoscience.” I had expected to simply attend lectures and learn classroom material. However, my experience far exceeded my expectations. Through the language course, I developed a strong foundation from which to develop my Japanese. This was an incredible experience, because I was immediately able to utilize the phrases I had learned in class to communicate as I navigated the streets of Tokyo. I only wish I had more time to learn Japanese....
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2016

Friends of UTokyo Summary Report

By Eshima Shusei — About the Program Program: the University of Michigan Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research Course: Designing, Conducting, and Analyzing Field Experiments Instructor: Professor Donald P. Green Report I attended ICPSR course “Field Experiments” taught by Professor Donald Green. In the lectures, we started with the basic of causal inference framework named potential outcomes framework, which is widely used not only in Political Science but also in other science field such as epidemiology. In potential outcomes framework, at least two potential statuses are supposed for each unit of analysis: one when get treated, and one...
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