2016

FUTI Final Report

by Ayako Yamashita — With the great help from Ito Foundation U.S.A. and FUTI, I have gained a master degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College. I am convinced what I learned in the U.S. will be the foundation of my professional life. My future career plan is to become a leader in creating a workplace where people can maximize their potential and engage in their work without suffering from mental health issues. In this report, I would like to summarize my experience in the U.S. I learned about organizational psychology, which will be a useful framework...
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2016

Concluding Impressions and Final Experiences as a Harvard Visiting Fellow within the Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences – Department of Government

by Kim Schumacher (The University of Tokyo, Ph.D. ’17, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Program on Environmental Sciences) — Building upon my experiences described in the November 2016 interim report, this report will provide insights a summary of both the results as well as the final impressions from this overall invaluable stay as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University during the Fall 2016 term. My work in the beginning of my stay being mostly characterized by attempting to navigate through the sea of opportunities offered by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the university as...
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2016

Intro to Sustainable Energy, Thermal-Fluids Engineering, Intro to Computer Science & Programming, and Moral Problems and Good Life

by Nozomi Nishiyama — The four months I spent in Boston was one of the best times ever in my life. It started in August when leaves were still dark green and it ended in December when we saw beautiful snow fall. During the period, I studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is one of the best universities in the world. Even now, I vividly remember the day when I arrived at the Boston Logan International Airport with a lot of ambition and a little bit of anxiety. I couldn’t wait for the upcoming experiences at all and...
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2016

PhD at Department of Physics & Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University

by Hiroya Nishikawa — I embarked on a PhD program at the department of physics & astronomy at Johns Hopkins University this September. My research interest lies in the field of cosmology. It has been hectic for the past few months since I needed to start a new life here in Baltimore as my PhD program began. This semester, I completed research, took a course, attended a weekly seminar and research meeting, and worked as a teaching assistant. I took one course because (thankfully) I was signed off from other obligatory courses. It covered recent developments in cosmology and...
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2016

Report from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

by Natsuki Kusakabe — This semester I took five courses, two from Political Science (my major is International Relations but UIUC doesn’t have that major) and three from others. CMN101: Public Speaking (3 lectures per week; 3 credits) This is a course aimed at acquiring basic skill for public speaking. I took this course in order to improve my English speaking ability in front of a group of people. Although there are a few classes for international students, I took an ordinary class, where most of the 19 students in the class are native English speaker. We delivered four...
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2016

Exchange Program at Swarthmore College in 2016 Fall semester

by Myeongok Kim — There were academic intriguing interdisciplinary events in the later half of the semester. Courses were mostly about new topics and wrapping up the overall contents covered during the whole semester, but there were some additional tasks, such as science communication workshop and a philosophy discussion in the physics course. In the science communication workshop, students in the physics course and those involved in environmental protection trained how to convey technical concepts effectively to those who do not have any background knowledge about the field. It was not only about learning the communication skill but also...
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2016

Columbia University Film MFA

by Minami Goto — My third semester at Columbia University film school has started. This June I will be co-writing and producing a script in New York. Also, in the spring semester, I am taking three producing classes which deal with financing, pre-production, and business and two script writing classes in which we write a feature film screenplay and a teleplay. The feature screenplay which I am developing is about a boy who goes back to the late 1960s and meets his young grandfather who is involved in student activism in the University of Tokyo in 1968. My teleplay...
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2016

Ito Foundation U.S.A.-FUTI Scholarship Report

by Eri Furusawa — My first semester in the Urban Planning program at Columbia GSAPP (Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation) was a semester of transformation. In this report, I would like to elaborate on two main changes that I went through. One in my attitude towards group work, and the other towards Japan. Group work is an important element in our program, presumably because as urban planners, we are required to coordinate between different stakeholders. Although I was aware of this when I entered the program, I was somewhat worried whether I would be able to handle...
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2016

Neuroscience Research Internship at MIT

by Yurika Doi (University of Tokyo, School of Engineering) — I spent this fall doing research on neuroscience as a visiting student at Graybiel Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I personally visited Dr. Graybiel and she offered me a position as a visiting student. This was not a university program but FUTI was flexible and supported me with this research internship. I want to thank FUTI for giving me this wonderful opportunity. In Graybiel Lab, people study the brain region known as the striatum. The striatum has been known for being in charge of movement control and cognition....
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2016

My Experience at UTokyo: A Dream Made Into Reality

by Lexa Brieck — Just about 2 months ago, I was a bundle of nerves as I boarded a flight from Memphis, Tennessee to Narita Airport.  With the generous financial support of Friends of UTokyo, Inc., I was on my way to the University of Tokyo to become a member of the PEAK (Programs in English at Komaba) Class of 2020.  Having been born to a Japanese mother and American father, I had been fortunate enough to experience Japanese culture and language from a young age.  Even as a child, I knew that I wanted to experience life in...
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