2013

Takase-Ejiri lab: University of Tokyo Kashiwa Campus

Victoria Winters — This summer I was lucky enough to be an undergraduate member of the Takase-Ejiri lab at the University of Tokyo Kashiwa Campus. This laboratory focuses on magnetic confinement nuclear fusion research on a spherical tokamak called the TST-2. With a graduate student laboratory population of around 13, it was small but everyone has their own special area of expertise. From lower hybrid waves (a wave that can be used to heat the plasma) to plasma turbulence measurements (turbulence causes transport of particles which can lead to lower confinement times for the plasma), it was fun to...
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2013

Introduction to Japanese Language and Nanoscience

Vibol Heng — My name is Vibol Heng, and I am a senior majoring in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University. In the summer of 2013, I participated in a Global Summer Program (GSP) in the University of Tokyo organized by the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU). The program took place in Tokyo from 1st to 25th of July, during which I took introduction to Japanese Language during the first half of the program and Nanoscience during the second half of the program. I arrived in Tokyo on June 30th. I lived together with other students in...
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2013

IARU Global Summer Program with UC Berkeley at UPEACE

Satoshi Miyatani — Thanks to the partnership of International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), I participated in “The Summer Peace Institute” with University of California, Berkeley from June 3rd to July 13th. The Summer Peace Institute brought together a diverse international group of students (United States, Lebanon, Denmark, Singapore, Philippines, South-Korea, Australia and Japan) with the purposes of inquiry into current world issues related to peace building and human security. Guided by Dr. Jerry W. Sanders, Chair, Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California, Berkeley, this summer course on Human Security and Peace Building was divided in two parts....
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2013

Introduction to Japanese Language and Japan in Today’s World

Patty Lan Yale University — Before I begin to write about my experience this past summer, I would first like to thank the Friends of UTokyo Scholarship Committee for giving generously to my trip to Japan. Without their funds, I would not have been able to travel to another part of the world and experience a different, but often times strikingly similar, culture. One of the reasons I wanted to go to Japan and particularly through this program was because I was interested in expanding my experience of East Asia. I am currently an Anthropology major so I am...
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2013

Yale Summer Session

Nako Kondo — I have participated in Yale Summer Session, which offers summer courses for Yale students and non-Yale students. The reason I applied for this program was that I wanted to experience taking courses in one of the most prestigious colleges in the US and consider whether graduate study in the US would be the right choice for me. The five-week program at Yale not only fulfilled my expectation, but even exceeded it. I took two courses: “U.S. Strategy After the Cold War”, which directly related to my major, and “Film, Video, and American History”, which was a...
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2013

UTRIP

Matthew Kubicki — This summer as a FUTI student in the UTRIP program, I had the pleasure of working in Professor Mikiko Siomi’s new lab in the Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry department at UTokyo University. Professor Siomi’s lab focuses on piRNA pathways of gene silencing in Drosophila melanogaster, the fruit fly. Like most researchers in the lab, I had the opportunity to work with Drosophila ovarian somatic cells (OSC) to study the effects of piRNA expression on various protein expression levels in vivo. My primary project involved studying protein levels via a Luciferase assay. In this assay, we transfected...
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2013

FUTI Report

Krysta Dummit Princeton University — During this past summer I was lucky enough participate in the University of Tokyo’s Research Internship Program (UTRIP) as a member of the Tachibana Laboratory. The Tachibana laboratory is an organic chemistry lab which focuses on a class of marine toxins known as polycyclic ethers. Polycyclic ethers are of special interest because they are one of the main toxins present in red-tides, and also are of concern for their bioaccumulation in edible shellfish. Unlike many laboratories which classify themselves only as synthesis labs or only isolation labs, members of the Tachibana lab could be...
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2013

My Experience in Yale Summer Session

Kohei Oyabu — From July 1st to August 9th, I participated in Yale English Language Institute 2013. To tell the truth, this was my first time to go abroad. I have never even been for a short trip. Therefore, before my departure, I was very worried about American student life. My English was terrible and I’ve almost never talked with foreign people. However, my worry disappeared soon after the program started. This essay is especially for students who are not familiar with foreign countries but are interested in studying abroad. I’ll write honestly about what I felt throughout my...
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2013

IARU GSP 2013 at University of California, Berkeley

Kai Tamura — This summer, I attended IARU GSP at UC Berkeley from 7/8-8/17 and it was definitely one of the best summer I have ever had. In this report I’d like to talk about my own experience more than the general outline of the program which you can just google and see for yourself. The course was on “Media and Global Protest Movements” and through this course, I was not only able to develop my expertise on international relations, but was also able to study about how the new technology, especially social media, can start up protests and...
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2013

Intensive English for College Students at Yale University

Junya Tominaga — During this summer, I participated in “Intensive English for College Students” at Yale Summer Session. This course is designed to help non-native students to improve their academic English skills a lot. In this course, I took two required subjects: “Reading and Writing” and “Listening and Speaking,” and two elective subjects: “Pronunciation” and “American Popular Music.” In addition, I joined in some activities offered by Yale Staff and enjoyed hanging out with my classmates from other countries and traveling to several cities around Connecticut. These classes gave me a lot of chances to improve my English skills....
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