People \\ 2010 Program Participant
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Kevin Chu- NanoJapan 2010
Rice University

Major/s: Electrical Engineering & Economics
Anticipated Graduation: May 2013
NJ Research Lab: University of Tokyo, Prof. Maruyama

Why NanoJapan?
Really? A program that flies you to Japan and puts you in one of the nation's top-notch nanoengineering research laboratories? I knew from the beginning that applying to NanoJapan would be difficult, very very difficult. But after searching through lists after lists of internships, there was none other than NanoJapan that offered what I was looking for, a summer experience that would allow me to both research and learn about a different culture. What's special about NanoJapan is that the selected candidates don't just go to any country and do any research. Participants of NanoJapan have been selected to fly to Japan, a research giant, to conduct nanotechnology research, a newly emerging field that has the potential to change the world.

I have actually just finished filing all the papers and forms. Even though it's only April, I am already psyched about this coming summer. While in Japan, I hope to visit the Golden Pavilion, see the Tsukiji fish market auctions, try the famous takoyaki in Osaka, admire the Daibutsu in Kamakura, enjoy the hot spring in Hakone, hike Mt. Fuji (or at least, try to), and shop for electronics at Akihabara until I drop. Future applicants: Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at You know you don't want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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