6 weeks in MISASA

Misasa International Student Internship Program 2010

About the program


About the institute
The Institute for Study of the Earth’s Interior (ISEI) is a leading institute equipped with state-of-the-art experimental and analytical facilities. Active research is being conducted in the areas of isotope and trace element geochemistry, high-resolution geochronology, and high-pressure and temperature materials science, aimed at understanding the origin, evolution and dynamics of the Earth. The ISEI has rapidly developed into an international research center for solid-Earth sciences through support by the Center of Excellence for the 21st Century (COE-21) program (Program Leader: Professor Eizo Nakamura), sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT) in 2003. The institute, located in Misasa (a well-known hot-spring resort), presently hosts a large number of collaborative projects with leading researchers from around the world. For more information, please visit the ISEI website: http://www.misasa.okayama-u.ac.jp/

About the program
The annual Misasa International Student Intern Program, for master’s and advanced undergraduate students, was designed to promote international collaborative research and education. During the intern program, students work closely with ISEI faculty members and their research groups on active ISEI research projects. Research at the ISEI generally falls into one of the following areas:

  1. Analytical Planetary Chemistry: To understand the origin, evolution, and dynamics of the Earth and the Solar System, describe crustal and mantle derived magmas, xenoliths, melt inclusions, and meteorites by major- and trace-element abundances and multi isotope systematic with seamless scales using FE-TEM, FIB, FE-SEM, SIMS, ICP-MS, TIMS, and XRF. (see PML)
  2. Experimental Planetary Physics: High-pressure experiments using a range of apparatus (e.g., DAC, multi-anvil press, piston cylinder, HIP), and structure and physical property measurements of rocks, minerals, melts (glasses) and fluids using XRD, FE-SEM and various spectroscopic techniques (e.g., NMR, Raman, infrared, impedance and ultrasonic measurements). (see Magma, Hacto, and EPML)

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact ISEI member for more information. The goals of this program are for participants to become acquainted with the state-of-the-art research facilities and activities at the ISEI, and to gain first-hand scientific research experience. At the conclusion of the program, an intern symposium is held for all participants to orally present their research results in English.

For inquiries concerning the intern program, please contact Eizo Nakamura, the director of the ISEI (misip10@pheasant.misasa.okayama-u.ac.jp) or any other faculty members.

  • Date and Period: July 1 (Thursday) – August 11 (Wednesday), 2010
  • Number of participants: About 10
  • Financial support: Travel expenses and daily living expenses will be fully covered, and accommodation in the Misasa guesthouse will be provided.
  • All application materials must be received by May 9, 2010 (12 pm, JST) to be considered. The application should be prepared using the application form.
  • Eligibility: The program is open to advanced undergraduate (3rd to 4th year) and master’s course students majoring in earth sciences, physics, chemistry, materials sciences, or related fields, who have a strong interest in a career pursuing scientific research. Students from either within or outside Japan, regardless of nationality, are eligible to apply. Communication skills in English are required.
  • Past report: http://www.misasa.okayama-u.ac.jp/MISIP/2009/download/GSJNews12(2009)10-11.pdf