2017

UTRIP 2017 : Six weeks in Tokyo

by Camille Biscarrat — This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in the University of Tokyo Research Internship Program (UTRIP) thanks to the financial support from Friends of UTokyo, Inc. I was a research intern in Professor Goda’s Molecular Imaging and Spectroscopy lab. At my home institution, University of California, Berkeley, I work in the Computational Imaging Lab, where we explore and design new imaging techniques and algorithms, focusing both on hardware and software. It was my research mentor, Professor Waller, who introduced me to Professor Goda’s work on optical time stretch microscopy. The idea of conducting cutting-edge...
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2017

UTRIP: A Summer in Eight Episodes

by Zane Rossi — The big problem is of course that I cannot, in the space I have here, get across what the University of Tokyo Research Internship Program (UTRIP) really was—that is, I can’t give every little fact or experience of the thing, and I definitely cannot do this as well as the heavy lifting to interpret and fit the little included anecdotes into some sort of Bigger Picture without (1) going on forever, or (2) reverting to saying things that are just misleading. I experienced UTRIP in episodes, moods, and times of day, not in philosophy or...
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2017

UTRIP in the Ozawa Lab

by Kotaro Tsutsumi — With the generous support of Friends of of UTokyo, Inc., I spent this Summer participating in the University of Tokyo Research Internship Program. As a biochemistry major, I have been primarily utilizing molecular biological lab techniques at Northwestern, my home institution, in investigating protein characterization in Parkinson’s disease cell models. This primarily utilizes molecular biological lab techniques, and in exploring other scientific perspectives, I wanted to participate in research that employs additional chemical approaches in the exploration of molecular biology. Consequently, conducting research at UTokyo’s Ozawa laboratory was the perfect opportunity for me to explore...
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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

2016 UTRIP Internship with Prof. Mitsuhiko Shionoya

By David Burke — This summer, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in a UTRIP internship at the University of Tokyo, thanks to the generous support of the Friends of UTokyo, Inc. I spent six weeks working in the bioinorganic chemistry laboratory of Professor Mitsuhiko Shionoya, where my research was focused on the preparation and characterization of new self-assembled metal-macrocycle frameworks. I gained a great deal of knowledge through my participation in the Shionoya Group’s research program. At my home institution (Indiana University Bloomington), I conduct research in anion supramolecular chemistry, and most of my...
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2016

UTRIP 2016: Molecular Alignment and Orientation in Tokyo

By Niccolò Bigagli — Two have been the major goals I have pursued in my life so far: increase my knowledge and involvement in the fields of physics and physical research, and broaden my outlook on the world by getting to know different cultures and experiencing life in different parts of the world. My participation in the UTRIP 2016 program, which was made possible through the generosity of Friends of UTokyo, Inc., enabled me to live a marvelous experience that perfectly harmonized these two seemingly different objectives. Working for a summer at the University of Tokyo was surely an...
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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

UTRIP: Prof. Hirofumi Sakai’s Lab (Physics)

by Indy Liu — I can still vividly remember the nervousness that engulfed me when I woke up on March 31st to find UTRIP’s selection decision in my mailbox and the excitement that surged through when I found out that I was offered a place in the program. This was a dream come true for me: I have been hoping to live and work in Tokyo ever since I first attended a Japanese language school in the city eight summers ago. I duly accepted my offer, and that sparked the beginning of the most exciting and productive summers I...
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2015

Report on 2015 University of Tokyo Research Internship Program (UTRIP)

by Yuka Esashi — This summer I worked as an intern in the laboratory of Prof. Kazuki Koketsu in the Earth and Planetary Science Department of the University of Tokyo. The experience was hosted by the University of Tokyo Research Internship Program (UTRIP). I performed exploratory research on the effect of basin amplification of long-period ground motions, specifically that of the Kanto basin. I analyzed seismic data of several large magnitude earthquakes that occurred around the Kanto basin, recorded by the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention. The focus of the analysis was to investigate whether there...
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2015

UTRIP: Prof. Takeaki Ozawa’s lab (Chemistry)

by Elbegduuren Erdenee — This past summer I interned at Professor Takeaki Ozawa’s laboratory at the University of Tokyo with the help of the generous scholarship offered by Friends of UTokyo, Inc. For someone who thinks of herself as a scientist-in-training, the experience proved to be immensely valuable in allowing me to form a sense of the conditions under which a professional scientist works. My time at the Ozawa lab was often accompanied by excitement at the thought of working to answer a question that has no answer yet—of approaching the unknown with novel tools. This was an endeavor...
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