People \\ 2010 Program Participant
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Nicholas Riggall - NanoJapan 2010
Rice University

Major/s: Bioengineering & Philosophy
Anticipated Graduation: May 2012
NJ Research Lab: RIKEN, Prof. Kawata
NJ Research Project Title: "Development of Near-Field Scanning Optical Microscope Based on STM in Ambient Condition"

Why NanoJapan?
The NanoJapan program is an amazing opportunity for young up-and-coming researchers to explore and experience another culture while participating in meaningful, cutting-edge research. As science continues to evolve and create new possibilities international collaboration becomes increasingly important. NanoJapan embraces this concept and fosters this practice in the researchers who will eventually lead the field.

I am extremely excited to gain research experience and broaden my horizons in Japan. I have always been interested in Japan and it has worked out that my professional interests are also linked to this intriguing country. NanoJapan seems like an incredible opportunity to make connections, learn about the research process, and establish a level of confidence in oneself via a challenging, exciting experience.

I think that my participation in this program will allow me to explore the country that I am most interested in visiting and an exciting field. I am excited to explore the bustling Tokyo metropolis and learn more Japanese and I also plan to push myself to do my best to impress my research supervisor and contribute to their research! Afterwards I will celebrate by finding some great sushi and maybe a round of karaoke.

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