U.S. students found their summer in Japanese labs professionally as well as culturally productive, but not many plan to return
WASHINGTON--A National Science Foundation program to forge closer ties with Japanese scientists is gaining popularity among the next generation of United States scientists, say NSF officials.

The Summer Institute in Japan, which sent 25 U.S. graduate students in science and engineering to Japanese research facilities last summer, will support 50 such students this coming summer. And last month, NSF and Japanese officials agreed to expand opportunities for young researchers by allowing U.S. graduate students to apply to similar programs in Japan that were previously open only to postdoctoral fellows and principal investigators.

"It's all just mushrooming," says Larry Weber, program manager for the Japan Program at NSF. "It's increasing everyone's awareness that there is something interesting going on in Japan."

The attempt to encourage U.S. students to enter Japanese laboratories...

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