Academic Programs

International Programs

International Programs

The Smalley-Curl Institute strives to foster and strengthen international collaborations. Graduate student research exchange programs provide a valuable means of initiating new joint research projects and of solidifying existing ones. These opportunities also provide students with an invaluable international experience, whether visiting abroad or hosting and mentoring visiting students. SCI fellows lead several international exchange programs, as listed below.

Rice — Toulouse Exchange

Under the supervision of Dr. Junichiro Kono, French students are selected by NanoX in Toulouse to spend six months at Rice in Houston. Rice APP students are chosen by Rice to spend six months at NanoX. Funding is provided by the host in each case. For more information, visit the Applied Physics Program Toulouse page.

TOMODACHI-STEM Women’s Leadership & Research Program

The TOMODACHI-STEM Women’s Leadership & Research Program is a five-week research internship program for female undergraduates from Japan who are majoring in STEM. Sponsored by the U.S.-Japan Council and hosted at Rice University in Houston, TX, the program enables students to gain real-world experience with STEM research, provides an introduction to U.S. higher education, and provides opportunities for cultural engagement and collaboration with U.S. students. The program serves as a catalyst for female Japanese students interested in STEM study and research and engagement with the U.S. through international research collaborations. For current information, visit this site at Lehigh University. Visitors may also find details and additional information at this archived site of Rice University.

MACHI Program

More details coming soon!

Rice — USTC Program

The Rice — USTC Program is a partnership between Rice University and the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) resulting from the collaboration between Dr. Junichiro Kono of Rice University and Prof. Wenguang Zhu of USTC. In this program, physics and applied physics undergraduate students from USTC come to Rice University to participate in hands-on research in faculty laboratories, in focus areas related to nanomaterials and nanodevices, quantum materials, optics and photonics, and quantum information science and engineering. Students gain a deep understanding of research during their stay. Rice already has several USTC alumni who are doing well in Ph.D. programs here, and we fully expect some of the undergrad interns to apply for Ph.D. positions at Rice when they complete their undergraduate studies.