Misasa International Student Internship Program 2019

About the program

The annual Misasa International Student Intern Program for advanced undergraduate (3rd to 4th year) and master’s students, first initiated in 2005, is designed to promote international collaborative research and education. During the intern program, each student will work on an active IPM research project under the supervision of IPM faculty members and their research groups. Successful applicants will participate in one of the following intern projects described below. The goal of the program is for participants to become acquainted with research activities and the state-of-the-art research facilities at the IPM, and to gain first-hand scientific research experience. At the conclusion of the program, an intern symposium will be held for each participant to give an oral presentation of his/her intern research in English.

From this fiscal year (2019), this Intern program becomes a part of Joint Use/Research program (category 5: Intern-type joint research). For details of the Joint Use/Research program, see here. But you need to apply the Intern program from this page.

About the institute

The Institute for Planetary Materials (IPM), Okayama University was established on April 1, 2016 via reorganization of the Institute for Study of the Earth’s Interior (ISEI). The mission of IPM is to study the origin, evolution and dynamics of the Earth and other planets and the origin of life. As a Joint Use/Research Center for Earth and planetary materials science designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), we offer Joint Use/Research opportunities to both domestic and overseas researchers in research fields related to Earth and planetary materials science. Innovative applications for joint use/research are welcome. For more information, please visit the IPM website (http://www.miasa.okayama-u.ac.jp/).

List of intern projects for 2019

  1. Water in Martian and asteroidal basaltic meteorites (Supervisors: M. Izawa*, T. Okuchi, and S. Yamashita)
  2. Heat transport in the Earth: Thermal conductivity measurement of ferropericlase under high pressure (Supervisors: T. Yoshino* and D. Yamazaki)
  3. Experimental and theoretical study of the incorporation mechanisms of halogens in serpentine minerals: Implications for the cycling of halogens during subduction (Supervisors: M. Kanzaki* and X. Xue)

If you want to know more about the project, click the project leader(*)’s link, and send an inquiry email.


The program is open to advanced undergraduate (3rd to 4th year) or graduate (1st to 2nd year, including master 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 skill in English is required.

Date and period

Six weeks from July 1st (Mon) to August 8th (Thu).

Financial support

Travel expenses and daily living expenses will be fully covered, and accommodation in the Misasa Guesthouse will be provided.

Number of total participants

Maximum 6

Application procedure

All application materials except reference letter must be submitted by 1st April (24:00, JST) to be considered. Notification of acceptance will be made by the end of April. The application should be prepared in English and applicants should do the following:

1. Arrange to ask one reference letter, preferably from your current supervisor or departmental head, and ask him/her before the application. During the registration process (see next), his/her academic institution’s official e-mail address is necessary.
2. Arrange to have an official transcript of your academic record, from the institution you currently attend, and make it ready for upload (pdf, png, jpg etc.). If electronic record is not available, you may send a readable copy taken by digital camera or smart phone. Successful applicants may be asked to send the original official transcript later.
3. Then go to Submission site by clicking “Submission” link in this page. Please follow the instructions in the Submission page. Your supervisor will also receive the e-mail about instruction for submission of the reference letter (deadline: April 8th).

Contact information

For inquiries about the program, contact Associate Prof. Takashi Yoshino
(Chair of the MISIP2019 organizing committee)
Institute for Planetary Materials
Okayama University
Misasa, Tottori 682-0193, Japan