Category: 2016

FUTI Final Report

by Ayako Yamashita — With the great help from Ito Foundation U.S.A. and FUTI, I have gained a master degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College. I am convinced what I learned in the U.S. will be the foundation of my professional life. My future career plan is to become a leader in…
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Concluding Impressions and Final Experiences as a Harvard Visiting Fellow within the Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences – Department of Government

by Kim Schumacher (The University of Tokyo, Ph.D. ’17, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Program on Environmental Sciences) — Building upon my experiences described in the November 2016 interim report, this report will provide insights a summary of both the results as well as the final impressions from this overall invaluable stay as…
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Intro to Sustainable Energy, Thermal-Fluids Engineering, Intro to Computer Science & Programming, and Moral Problems and Good Life

by Nozomi Nishiyama — The four months I spent in Boston was one of the best times ever in my life. It started in August when leaves were still dark green and it ended in December when we saw beautiful snow fall. During the period, I studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is one…
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PhD at Department of Physics & Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University

by Hiroya Nishikawa — I embarked on a PhD program at the department of physics & astronomy at Johns Hopkins University this September. My research interest lies in the field of cosmology. It has been hectic for the past few months since I needed to start a new life here in Baltimore as my PhD…
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Report from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

by Natsuki Kusakabe — This semester I took five courses, two from Political Science (my major is International Relations but UIUC doesn’t have that major) and three from others. CMN101: Public Speaking (3 lectures per week; 3 credits) This is a course aimed at acquiring basic skill for public speaking. I took this course in…
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Exchange Program at Swarthmore College in 2016 Fall semester

by Myeongok Kim — There were academic intriguing interdisciplinary events in the later half of the semester. Courses were mostly about new topics and wrapping up the overall contents covered during the whole semester, but there were some additional tasks, such as science communication workshop and a philosophy discussion in the physics course. In the…
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Columbia University Film MFA

by Minami Goto — My third semester at Columbia University film school has started. This June I will be co-writing and producing a script in New York. Also, in the spring semester, I am taking three producing classes which deal with financing, pre-production, and business and two script writing classes in which we write a…
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Ito Foundation U.S.A.-FUTI Scholarship Report

by Eri Furusawa — My first semester in the Urban Planning program at Columbia GSAPP (Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation) was a semester of transformation. In this report, I would like to elaborate on two main changes that I went through. One in my attitude towards group work, and the other towards Japan.…
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Neuroscience Research Internship at MIT

by Yurika Doi (University of Tokyo, School of Engineering) — I spent this fall doing research on neuroscience as a visiting student at Graybiel Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I personally visited Dr. Graybiel and she offered me a position as a visiting student. This was not a university program but FUTI was flexible…
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My Experience at UTokyo: A Dream Made Into Reality

by Lexa Brieck — Just about 2 months ago, I was a bundle of nerves as I boarded a flight from Memphis, Tennessee to Narita Airport.  With the generous financial support of Friends of UTokyo, Inc., I was on my way to the University of Tokyo to become a member of the PEAK (Programs in…
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