2017

A Summer With “Team N”

by Grace Kuffner — This summer, I worked in Dr. Shinji Nagata’s laboratory (or as the lab members call themselves, “Team N”) at the University of Tokyo Kashiwa campus. It was truly an unforgettable experience, and I learned so much about various scientific ideas and techniques, as well as Japanese language and culture. This internship would have been impossible were it not for the extremely generous scholarship I received from Friends of UTokyo, Inc. In terms of biology, I synthesized and injected a novel cricket signaling protein, truncated neuropeptide F. I also performed RNA interference to silence the expression...
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UTSIP Yasushi Ono Lab

by Jensen Lo — Thanks to the support of FUTI and the University of Tokyo, I was able to spend a wonderful summer studying in Professor Yasushi Ono’s lab as part of the UTSIP program. Professor Ono’s research focuses on the fundamental study of magnetic reconnection, an important phenomenon related to a variety of natural processes, from solar flares to certain instabilities found in plasmas. Over the summer, I worked on a type of plasma diagnostic known as a Langmuir Probe, which can measure several parameters of the plasma, like the electron temperature. These diagnostics are used to observe...
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2017

UTSIP

by Tra Nguyen — Whenever I reflect on my childhood, I realize how much it was infused with the Japanese culture. I grew up at a time when Sailor Moon’s anime was still running on TV, when Doraemon was still just a few volumes out, and when everyone was still struggling to help Mario rescue his princess. Japan, just like that, has become part of me, of my childhood, of my life, and yet I never had a chance to travel to Japan to actually experience it. Luckily, I found a window of opportunity when I stumbled on Todai’s...
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2016

FUTI Summary Report: UTSIP 2016

By Roxanne Lai — During the summer of 2016, I was fortunate enough to be granted the opportunity to participate in the University of Tokyo Summer Internship program in Kashiwa (UTSIP). Thanks to the support granted by the Friends of UTokyo, Inc. (FUTI), and the International Liaison Office (ILO) at UTokyo, I was able to conduct research under the supervision of Professor Tomochika Tokunaga in the Geosphere Environment Systems Laboratory. I decided to apply for the UTSIP 2016 program because I wanted to find out more about research and graduate school life (especially in Japan) in the general field...
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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

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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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

FUTI Report

Chung-an Max Wu — This summer, I participated in the University of Tokyo Summer Internship Program (UTSIP). For 4 weeks, I had the opportunity to live in Japan and conduct research in the lab of Prof. Takuya Ueda, in the Department of Medical Genome Sciences. Prof. Ueda’s lab specializes in the emerging field of synthetic biology, which aims to build de novo biochemically active systems – the ultimate goal being an artificial cellular life form. There are two broad approaches toward this goal, genetic and biochemical. The genetic approach relies on inserting user-defined genetic elements into an “empty” membrane-enclosed...
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