2014

Project Narrative Summer Institute at OSU

by Sayaka Fujita University of Tokyo — I was really fortunate to have been given the opportunity to attend Project Narrative Summer Institute hosted by Ohio State University. It was an intensive course to learn narrative theory. Though it started and was deepened mainly in literature, narratology has recently attracted more attention in various areas, especially in human, social sciences. As a psychologist, I have found it very insightful to understand people’s development, which was why I would like to learn it more and make use of the summer workshop. The course was directed by two world-leading narratologists in...
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2014

Summer session at the University of California, Berkeley

by Yuka Kakinuma — Thanks to the FUTI award, I got a great opportunity to study in the University of California, Berkeley from May 27th to July 2nd. UC Berkeley was the second school I attended in the United States. Right before moving to UC Berkeley, I was studying in Harvard University as a one-year Visiting Student. Since I am interested in the business of media content, especially Japanese animation, I took classes about media studies in Harvard and MIT. There I could learn academic perspectives, but I got interested in studying more on-site business method of media. That...
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2014

Summer Session: Summer English Language Studies at UC Berkeley

by Yosuke Tanigawa — Affiliation: undergraduate student (junior), Department of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, School of Science, The University of Tokyo Summer Session: Summer English Language Studies at UC Berkeley My name is Yosuke TANIGAWA, a junior student of Department of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, School of Science, the University of Tokyo. I am studying informatics and biology to work as a professional biological information scientist in my future. Thanks to supports from Friends of UTokyo and the University of Tokyo, I got a great opportunity to participate and study in two summer sessions: UC Berkeley Summer English Studies,...
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2014

Yale Summer Session

by Xiaoxue Zang — This summer I have attended Yale Summer Session B, and spent one month at Yale. The first day I arrived at Yale, I was deeply attracted to its classical, modest and western architecture and also the whole academic atmosphere. Yale has successfully created an environment for students to study literally everywhere. There are chairs on the grass, and comfortable couches put in common rooms. Study is not restricted to libraries and classrooms, and is not a behavior that could only be conducted on standard desks and chairs. Even in the library, there are many comfortable...
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2014

UTRIP Internship with Professor Hiroaki Aihara Department of Physics, The University of Tokyo

by Thong Nguyen The University of Texas at Dallas, Class of 2015 — Carved in my mind is the moment I received the acceptance email from UTRIP along with the FUTI scholarship award, which blew away the anxiety about midterm exams coming in late-March. Excitement piled up day after day for the long journey to discover the frontier of high energy physics, to explore the new land, and to learn about a different culture—something that I had always dreamed of. Six weeks working at the University of Tokyo left me with a deep impression, not only about the world-class research...
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2014

Media and Global Protest Movements

by Tetsu Miyazawa — I participated in “Media and Global Protest Movements”, one of the Global Summer Programs (GSP) of International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), at University of California, Berkeley from July 8th to August 15th. Students who took part in this course were coming from all over the world, such as England, Denmark, Bulgaria, India, Singapore, and Australia. The course was divided by two parts. The first part, guided by Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury, was focusing on the chain of uprisings in the Arab world, Europe, and the United States, to analyze it as a wave of contention...
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2014

Exoplanet Lab

by Taweewat Somboonpanyakul — During the summer of 2014, I had a chance to participate in University of Tokyo Research Internship Program (UTRIP) with the financial support from Friends of UTokyo, Inc. UTRIP is an undergraduate summer research internship program with top professors for those who want to pursuing Ph.D. degree in science in the future. I participated in the Exoplanet Lab in the Astronomy Department hosted by Prof. Motohide Tamura. The main focus of the lab is about direct imaging technique to observe several types of objects such as exoplanets and protoplanetary disks. The data mostly comes from...
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2014

The purpose of a dream

by Shigeru Chiba — I have a dream. I have a dream of becoming a leading doctor in the world who works for a lot of patients beyond national borders. This summer, I attended Summer English Language Courses in University of California, Berkeley, and I believe this was the first step forward realizing my dream. I had a great time in Berkeley, thanks to both highly cultured professors and brilliant students from all over the world. The course I took had two classes. The morning class was “California Culture,” and the afternoon class was “Academic Vocabulary,” and both of...
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2014

Nozaki Laboratory of Origin of Eukaryote Biodiversity

by Pramodh Ganapathy — Few people can say they spent their summer throwing a plankton net, but that was just one of many things I learned how to do over my summer at the University of Tokyo as part of the University of Tokyo Research Internship Program (UTRIP). I interned at the Nozaki Laboratory of Origin of Eukaryote Biodiversity from June 12th to July 24th, and my project was titled “Molecular identification of gender based on analysis of OTOKOGI and HIBOTAN genes in natural populations of Volvox carteri.” Going into the program, I had very little experience with the specific...
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2014

A report on my summer course at Western Michigan University

By Mahmoud Mostafa Khalil — Under the sponsorship of Friends of UTokyo organization, a quite rigorous and real interesting six weeks I have spent at western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, USA to participate in an intensive summer training program in applied hydrogeology named Hydrogeology Field Course (HFC) from 7/7 to 8/16/2014. This course is led by instructors from Western Michigan University, hydrogeologists, and scientists from other universities and consulting companies lead trips and exercises in their particular expertise. This intensive course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of the methods and concepts of field hydrogeology, and to provide...
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