The ability of a young scientist to function effectively in the global research environment is critical to success, yet few US students are exposed to this environment. While science is universal, the manner in which it is conducted, managed, and communicated is not. Since 2008, CNF has directed an international research experience program, giving talented undergraduates (and recent graduates). Currently we have a relationship with the National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS) in Tsukuba, Japan. Each year we select six outstanding undergraduates for this program, selected from the pool of prior year participants in the NNCI REU program. To date, eighty-one students have participated in the Japan program.
These students spend 10 weeks in Japan, conducting research at one of the most advanced research facilities in the world. Projects span the range of nanotechnology, from traditional electronic materials to nanobiotechnology. On a technical level, it gives these outstanding students an advanced nanotechology research experience. Simultaneously and more importantly, they interact with scientists from around the world and develop an understanding of the culture of Japan and the sociology of communication and cooperation in a large multicultural research group. These are important skills which add significantly to their career development.
Participants and their research reports are linked on the appropriate year REU page.