Luis Lamberty

“The research internship at Kochi University of Technology was an amazing experience that I will never forget. My research consisted of fabricating aluminum-doped zinc oxide films and annealing them to analyze the effects on their various properties. I was able to observe and learn the process of conducting research thanks to the guidance of my lab partners and professors at KUT. I am grateful for the opportunity to present my research findings at the JSAP conference as it was a great way to prepare me for future presentations as I start graduate school. Alongside the research, I was able to experience the beautiful culture of Japan. My favorite part during my time there was exploring different places throughout the country. Overall, participating in this program provided me with knowledge and memories that will stay with me forever.”

Maria Pierson

“My research internship at Kochi University of Technology in Japan was a unique and incredible experience as an electrical engineering student. Researching the hysteresis in I-V characteristics of photoemission-induced atmospheric pressure N2 gas discharge, I worked with esteemed professors and cutting-edge equipment. Presenting my findings at a research symposium enhanced my presentation skills and boosted my public speaking confidence. Outside of research, I enjoyed exploring Japan’s rich cultural heritage, especially visiting shrines and immersing myself in the country’s breathtaking landscapes and warm hospitality. This internship has been a transformative journey, shaping my academic and personal growth, and fostering a lifelong love for Japanese culture and its captivating shrines.”

Nathan Chung

“The IRES research internship program was a life-changing experience, expanding my scientific knowledge and passion for revolutionary research. Working with brilliant minds and cutting-edge technology alongside professors Furuta, Li, and Hatta was invaluable. My focus on Carbon Nanotube (CNT) growth yielded promising results, leading to a presentation at the prestigious JSAP conference. Beyond research, our cultural experiences in captivating cities like Hiroshima and Miyajima left lasting impressions. The Peace Park Memorial and A-bomb Museum were emotionally moving, while Miyajima’s serene beauty was awe-inspiring. Overall, this program has been unforgettable, and I am deeply grateful to the coordinators. Given the opportunity, I enthusiastically look forward to returning to Kochi University of Technology to pursue my Master’s degree and continue my academic and personal growth.”


Alyssa Werra

During my summer internship at Kochi University of Technology, I had an amazing experience preforming research about the fabrication of ZnO nanorods in order to analyze their photocatalytic activity. Working closely with my partner, Tomoya Ikuta, we achieved successful research findings that expanded my knowledge and sharpened my research skills. The internship not only provided valuable academic growth but also immersed me in  Japanese culture. Exploring various cities with my fellow FIU students and attending The 1st Advanced Nanomaterials and Application Workshop broadened my horizons and deepened my appreciation for cultural diversity. Visiting the Otsuka Museum of Art, Kyoto, Osaka, Onaruto Bridge Memorial Museum, Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Miyajima offered me insights into Japan’s history and engineering marvels. The Applied Physics Society Chugoku-Shikoku Branch Joint Academic Lecture Meeting was a great platform to present my research, enhancing my confidence as a researcher. I am grateful for the knowledge gained and the cherished memories that will stay with me. I extend my heartfelt thanks to all the KUT faculty who made this extraordinary journey possible.”

David Balzora

“My research internship at Kochi University of Technology in Japan was an exceptional opportunity as a computer engineering student. I focused on synthesizing and characterizing ZnO nanostructures using Chemical Bath Deposition, gaining valuable experience and utilizing specialized equipment unique to KUT. Presenting my research findings enhanced my confidence and allowed me to interact with esteemed professors and researchers. Beyond academics, I immersed myself in Japanese culture, forming meaningful connections with diverse individuals. Visits to cities like Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo, Hiroshima/Miyajima, and Nara left indelible marks, particularly the impactful experience in Hiroshima/Miyajima and the vibrant energy of Tokyo. These encounters enriched my perspective, fostering a sense of global camaraderie. Reflecting on this transformative experience, I realize that the connections formed were the most significant aspect, guiding my personal and academic growth.”

Yleana Ceballos

“During my summer internship at Kochi University of Technology (KUT) in Japan, I studied the optical properties of carbon nanotube (CNT) – based metamaterials, gaining valuable academic and cultural experiences. Working closely with experienced researchers, I learned optical measurements, data analysis, and scientific methodologies, enhancing my research skills. Japan’s emphasis on discipline and precision influenced my work habits positively, making me a more meticulous researcher. The internship also immersed me in Japanese culture, fostering appreciation for diversity and traditions. Exploring various prefectures, including Hiroshima, left a profound impact, reinforcing the importance of ethical responsibility in engineering. This transformative experience shaped me into a more well-rounded individual and researcher. My heartfelt thanks to all who made this opportunity possible.”