2017

Exploring Japan while Broadening my Research Interest

by Yasin Kaya — My first time ever Asia experience has begun with the arrival of 13-hour non-stop flight to Tokyo on the first week of April. I was really excited about spending the next four months at Goda Lab in the University of Tokyo (UTokyo) to broaden my research experience by working on ultrafast florescence imaging systems for biological applications. Thanks to generous support from FUTI and great lab mates at UTokyo, I was fortunate enough to experience the Japanese culture and explore Japan while achieving my academic goals. The first month was an adaptation period for me...
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2017

What made my experience at Harvard amazing?

by Maria Matsumoto — With great support from Friends of UTokyo, I spent this summer studying business management in Harvard Summer School. People at Harvard love learning. Since people have strong desire to learn new things in common, the academic atmosphere there is inspiring. People always respect others, listen to others’ opinion actively, and try to improve themselves. It was wonderful to have classes with such amazing people. Regarding my classes, one was about systems thinking and another was about decision making. The former was the class about the way of understanding our world. Instead of focusing on parts...
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2017

Medical Exchange and Discovery at Stanford University

by Keita Morikawa — The three weeks at Stanford was full of hands-on experiences and first-hand exposure to US healthcare. In this report, I would like to summarize my studies there, but before that I would like to express my sincerest gratitude for giving me this opportunity. Without FUTI Summer Scholarship, this would not have been possible. Through the MED program at Stanford, I saw and talked with a lot of medical professionals in the US, activists or caregivers, lovely Stanford undergrads fellows, and Asian medical students who have various interests and their own stories. In the US, there...
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2017

Sustainable financing and investment at Harvard University

by Takenori Shimamura — Introduction Sustainability can be achieved only when social, economic, and environmental aspects are considered at the same time. At first, when I heard the word of sustainability, I usually imagined that this was a concept related to environmental and energy aspects. The typical example is fossil fuel, as many of you may imagine. If you continue to use energy resources that are apparently abundant but are limited on the globe, no wonder you will run out of them. However, this image, or almost a kind of prejudice, is not enough to describe the broad definition...
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2017

Work Hard, Play Hard – in the Summer Program of Stanford University

by Taiga Tsubota — I clearly remember the first day when I came to Stanford University. On the shuttle to the campus, I was too nervous to sit still. Who will be my roommates? Can I keep up with the class? What if I drop off? I was always caring about these kinds of concerns, which turned out to be nothing to worry about. The dorm was a quite welcoming place like home. My roommates are from Hong Kong and Pakistan. The student from Hong Kong was always friendly and generous, and Pakistani roommate was a sociable and had...
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2017

American Foreign Policy at Harvard Summer School

by Mayu Yamamoto — This summer I studied at Harvard Summer School in virtue of the generous support of FUTI. This was my first experience of studying in the US, and therefore found this experience to be one of the biggest challenges of my life, especially because I took the class of American foreign policy, which is quite different from my major, plant biotechnology. Even though the session was only three weeks long, various aspects of HSS made this summer unforgettable one. Despite studying a subject distinct from my major, I decided to take the class of American foreign...
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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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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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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

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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