JSPS-International Training Program (ITP) Step-up Educational Program for Young Bio-Material Scientists On an International Training Network



NAIST-UC Davis Mini-Symposium

Date: 31 Jan. 2012
Place: Kemper Hall, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California, Davis

This was the second Mini-Symposium and there was a noticeable increase in attendance this year. The symposium was opened by Prof. Fujiki from the Graduate School of Materials Science (GSMS) and Dean Winston Ko, Dean of the UC Davis Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Leigh McDowell from, the GSMS was symposium chair. All 17 International Training Program students presented their research in English. Thanks to the one-month long English for Materials Science program, a significant improvement was clearly apparent in students' presentation and English skills. All students presented clearly and professionally, with no use of notes. This was an impressive achievement.

After student presentations, two keynote presentations were given: one by GSMS Prof. Tokuda, and another by UC Davis Distinguished Prof. Alan Balch. A sudden rise in attendance at this time of the symposium indicated there was particular interest in these two presentations. Indeed both were exceptionally high caliber presentations, and enjoyed by all.

This year, in order to attract more interest from UC Davis faculty and in particular students, a post-symposium party was added to the program. This provided an opportunity for discussions to continue in a more informal and relaxed setting. Many of the UC Davis faculty and students attending the Mini-symposium stayed for the party.

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