April 20, 2015 - Katherine Kolar, an Electrical Engineering sophomore researching Photonics and Optical Communications in Dr. Adam Mock's lab, is the first ever CMU student and 1 of only 14 students nation-wide, to be accepted to this year's NanoJapan IREU: International R​esearch Experience for Undergraduates Program.

The NanoJapan Program is a 12-week, summer research internship focusing on Terahertz (THz) Dynamics in Nanostructures.  The program is open to freshman and sophomore engineering and physics students from universities nationwide and is supported by an NSF Partnerships for International Research & Education (NSF-PIRE) grant.

This summer the program will focus on nanotechnology and encourage U.S. undergraduate students to pursue graduate study and academic research in the physical sciences.

The program has been nationally recognized as an innovative and effective model for international STEM programs. In 2012, NanoJapan was profiled in a National Academy of Engineering Report and in 2008 NanoJapan received the IIE Heiskell Award as a 'Best Practice in Study Abroad' for expanding opportunities for STEM students.

"I can't wait to be in Japan this summer," said Katherine, "learning more about the Japanese culture and doing research in such a cutting-edge field."

Katherine will travel to Japan in May, and after some cultural, nano-science, and Japanese training, will travel to her host lab at Chiba University in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, to begin her research on the study and fabrication of Molybdenum Disulfide (MoS2) Transistors which show promise in creating new electronic devices in renewable energy or even optoelectronics.​