2015

Princeton University’s Visiting Student Research Collaborator (VSRC) program

By Fahd S. Khan University of Tokyo — In the year 2015, I was fortunate enough to be selected for the FUTI Global Leadership Award which provided me with the financial assistance to pursue a study program at Princeton University. The reasons for choosing Princeton in particular, were manifold. Firstly, it represented the very zenith of American educational system prowess, which over the centuries has catapulted USA into one of the most developed, innovative and largest economies of the world. I am of the opinion that it is very important for young students and researchers to appreciate and understand...
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2015

GSP Nanoscience

by Carolyn Zhang — This past summer I explored the broad spectrum of nanoscience applications alongside a diverse group of fellow students hailing from top research universities around the world. The Global Summer Program (GSP) Nanoscience course at the University of Tokyo and the support of FUTI granted me one of the most memorable summer experiences I have had thus far, filled not only with engaging academic learning but also exciting cultural immersion. Lectures started early, running from 8:30 to 12:10, and lunch was followed by lab tours. This unique lecture-lab tour format helped me grasp the process of...
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2015

My First Summer in Japan

by Kenneth Wu — This summer, I was fortunate enough to be chosen as one of the participants for the University of Tokyo Research Internship Program (UTRIP). Saying that I was overjoyed when I received my acceptance notice would be an understatement describing how I felt. The internship would not only provide me with valuable hands-on research experiences but also a chance for me to visit Japan for the first time in my life. Although Tokyo did not seem very intriguing at first sight, the day-to-day experience did slowly make me appreciate the beauty of Japanese culture. As a...
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2015

Stanford Summer International Honors Program at Stanford University

by Daichi Tsuna — This summer I attended the Stanford Summer International Honors Program(SSIHP) as the only student from UTokyo. The SSIHP was a two-month program where students from fourteen countries around the world gathered and spent together in the same dorm, as well as taking classes at the Stanford Summer Session. I had lived in the US for five years and was not so bad at English, but I was not confident in my English and had some trouble in the first week adapting to the English-only environment. However from the second week I tried to interact with...
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2015

Expanding My World Through a Microscope

by Maki Tohmon Pomona College Class of 2017 — March 2015: The news about my most phenomenal summer experience came at the worst time possible. The email I received from the International Liaison Office (ILO) at the University of Tokyo (UT), congratulating me on my acceptance to the University of Tokyo Summer Internship Program (UTSIP) at Kashiwa, only provided me a brief moment of excitement. I was desperately attempting to finish my assignments and study for my midterms before I left for the collegiate-level swimming and diving National Championships. It was only the most hectic time of the semester;...
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2015

Berkeley Summer Sessions (Summer English Language Studies)

by Haruaki Tamura — Thanks to  the award of FUTI, I could have fruitful days in California, joining Berkeley Summer Session from July 5 to August 15. I took the session for international students to improve English skill. I had two main objectives to join this session: To increase my practical English speaking skill, and to understand the difference of behavior and values between Japanese students and other students from various countries. During summer session, I took two classes. First one is “Business Speaking” where I made discussion, presentation in terms of business issues. In addition to in-class tasks,...
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2015

FUTI 2015: A Summer in Tokyo

by Krithika Swaminathan — As one of the beneficiaries of the 2015 FUTI Global Leadership Award, I had the unique opportunity to spend three months this summer in Japan researching at the University of Tokyo. The experience was incredibly special in numerous ways, and I am so thankful to Friends of UTokyo, Inc. for giving me this amazing chance. Before going to Japan, I already knew that the experience would be like none I had ever had before. However, as I have lived in both Belgium and India, I expected to find some aspects that were similar to both...
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2015

Nanoscience Global Summer Program at UTokyo

by Claudia See — My summer experience in Japan was truly one of a kind. As a rising junior at Yale majoring in biomedical engineering, I applied to the Nanoscience Global Summer Program (GSP) Program hoping to get an international experience in science research (thanks to the recommendation of Julie Chang, another Yale student who went on the trip last year!). What I gained was so much more – it was an astounding variety of knowledge from renowned professors, a precious community of classmates from worldwide universities, and a new love for Japanese culture and food. For one, the...
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2015

YAL1: Moral Foundations of Politics

by Hiroya Sato — First of all, I would like to thank FUTI for supporting my summer studies in Yale. This scholarship made it possible for me to apply for the program, which was one of the best experiences in my life. It was a very hot day when I arrived in New Haven, Connecticut, the city where Yale University is located. However, I decided to walk from the New Haven Union Station to the residential college I would be staying in for the next five weeks. To be honest, the city of New Haven itself was not so...
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2015

UTSIP-Kashiwa

by Masahiro Nakanishi Brown University Class of 2017 — University of Tokyo had always been my dream school since even before the TV series Dragon Zakura was broadcasted. My interest towards University of Tokyo only augmented as I learned more and more about it from various media. In my freshman year of high school, my friends and I took a 7-hour-long over night bus only to attend University of Tokyo’s open campus. Although the day trip was exhausting, by the end of the journey, I was ascertained that University of Tokyo is the place I wanted to be. Long...
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