Category: Enhancing Learning in Education Abroad: Study, Work, Intern, Volunteer, and Research Innovations

Nakatani RIES: International Research for U.S. and Japanese STEM Undergraduates

Wednesday, May 31
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Table 61

This poster will present the Nakatani RIES program which connects Japanese and American undergraduates in science and engineering with international research abroad and contributing to the development of generation of globally-engaged scientists and engineers.

Sarah Phillips

Education Director, Nakatani RIES Fellowship
Rice University Electrical & Computer Engineering
Kailua, HI

Sarah Phillips is the Education Director for the Nakatani RIES: Research & International Experiences for Students Fellowship, funded by the Nakatani Foundation and managed by Rice University. Nakatani RIES connects undergraduates with the best of science & engineering research in the U.S. or Japan. U.S. Fellows can apply to spend up to 12 weeks in Japan in summer and Japanese Fellows can apply to spend up to six weeks in the U.S. from August – September. While abroad, fellows participate in language, cultural, and communication training and conduct a science or engineering research internship. The program serves as a catalyst for U.S. & Japanese students interested in future graduate study and research and contributes to the development of a generation of globally-engaged scientists & engineers.

From 2006 - 2015 she served as the Education & International Initiatives Manger for the National Science Foundation Partnerships for International Research and Education (NSF-PIRE) funded NanoJapan: International Research Experience for Undergrauates program. From 2006-2015, this program sent 144 young U.S. engineering and physics students to Japan for 12 weeks of nanoscience research, language, and cultural study. She also directs the 2016 - 2017 TOMODACHI STEM @ Rice University Program which provides a 5-week research internship in science & engineering at Rice University for 10 Japanese students each year.

Prior to her positions at Rice, she worked at the Institute of International Education (IIE) on the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. She received an M.L.A. in International Studies from the University of St. Thomas, Houston and a B.A. in History, Political Science, and East Asian Studies from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Sarah is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Foundation at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa where her dissertation research focuses on international the engagement of STEM students in international research and educational exchange.