WHAT IS Nakatani RIES?

The Nakatani Research and International Experience for Students (RIES) program provides an opportunity for graduate students and post doctoral fellows to mentor funded scholars for valuable mentoring, international exchange, and project management experience.

“My experience with an excellent and enthusiastic Japanese undergraduate student, Kanako Matsumoto (left), was impactful, not only for research but also for cultural experiences.” Soojung Lee (right)


    • Great CV builder, most employers prefer Ph.D.’s with management experience
    • Nakatani RIES Mentor labs receive $3,000 for student travel or materials & supply funds for the lab


      • Post docs and graduate students submit project proposals by April 15, 2022
      • Selection committee to conduct interviews with prospective mentors late-April 2022
      • Mentors and scholars are matched and notifications sent by early May 2022
      • Program runs from August 7 – September 24, 2022*

Important: Meet with your advisor to ask if mentoring an undergraduate is a good fit for you and your lab. PI’s must provide a letter of permission for applicants to serve as a mentor.

*Dates are tentative. Schedule is subject to change based on current COVID-19 situation in Atlanta and Japan.