Princeton University Welcomes Japan's Elite Science Students

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012

Students exchange culture, ideas

Ten of the best and brightest students from the University of Tokyo visited Princeton University on March 13 as part of a tour of top level universities in the U.S.

The Japanese students are participants in a program to promote the exchange of ideas and cultures among undergraduate students and faculty researchers in American and Japan.

Princeton's Dean for Research A. J. Stewart Smith, the Class of 1909 Professor of Physics, welcomed the students to the campus where they visited with physics undergraduates and toured the U. S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, several laboratories in the Department of Physics, and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics.

The students' U.S. visit also included the campuses of Columbia University and the Rockefeller University in New York. The ten young men and women were accompanied by Dr. Emiko Gosho, International Student Advisor at the University of Tokyo and organizer of the trip.

The School of Science at the University of Tokyo  sends 10 students to top international universities each year as part of its Elite Science Student Visit Abroad Program. The leading university in Japan, the University of Tokyo educates roughly 12,000 undergraduate and 16,000 graduate students in a range of disciplines.

Dean for Research A. J. Stewart Smith and Computer Science Associate Professor Olga Troyanskaya pose with students from Japan in front of a Frank Gehry sculpture in the lobby of the Carl Icahn Laboratory, home to the Lewis-Sigler Insitute for Integrative Genomics. At far right is the trip's organizer, Emiko Gosho.