2016 Japanese Government Scholarship Pre-Departure Orientation


On Wednesday, March 16, a Pre-Departure Orientation for the recipients of the 2016 Japanese Government Research Scholarship was held at the Consulate General of Japan. This year’s recipients, Mr. Benjamin Lewis and Ms. Julie Gramlich, will both study at Kyoto University.

After a welcome greeting from Director of the Japan Information and Cultural Center of the Consulate, a lively and informative question and answer session took place with Mr. Chris Reed, a former alumni who offered the two scholars much useful advice based on his own experiences in Japan.

Mr. Lewis and Ms. Gramlich shared their hopes and expectations while on the scholarship as follows.
Mr. Lewis: "During my time in Japan I will study Geotechnical Engineering - the branch of civil engineering that deals with soils and the issues they can create during landslides, earthquakes, and construction of new structures. Japan and California have a lot of common ground in this field and I am looking forward to learning how the Japanese approach geotechnical engineering problems. I will be studying for a Master's Degree from Kyoto University, and am very excited to work with my advisor and learn all I can from the professors and students in the laboratory. I am grateful to the staff at the San Francisco Consulate for all of their help preparing me for this adventure."

Ms. Gramlich: “I am thrilled to conduct extensive research at Kyoto University on female entrepreneurship in the technology sector, focusing on both Japan and Silicon Valley. I plan on interviewing as many female entrepreneurs as possible with the ultimate goal of providing as much value as she can to future Japanese entrepreneurs.”

If you are interested in the Japanese Government Scholarship Programs, please contact Mr. Steven Goldman, Senior Coordinator for Educational Affairs, Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco.
TEL: 415-780-6086, FAX: 415-767-4202, Email: steven.goldman@sr.mofa.go.jp

When: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Location: Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco

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