Rice University NanoJapan Program: Connecting US Undergraduates with Leading Japanese Nanotechnology Research Laboratories: National Science Foundation, Tokyo Regional Office
National Science Foundation, Tokyo Regional Office: Special Scientific Report #08-01. As international partnerships are becoming increasingly indispensible to solving major science and engineering problems, U.S. researchers and educators must be able to operate effectively in teams comprised of partners from different nations and cultural backgrounds. The NanoJapan Program was developed to address this need by attracting undergraduate students to the emerging areas of electrical engineering and the physical sciences, especially the study of nanotechnology. By involving and training students in cutting-edge research projects in nanoscale science and engineering, this program aims to increase the numbers of US students who choose to pursue graduate study in this field while also cultivating a generation of globally aware engineers and scientists who are prepared for international research collaboration. Funded by a Partnership for International Research and Education grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF-PIRE), this program is administered through the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Rice University and the Center for Global Education at the University of Tulsa.