Wednesday, April 2, 2014

International Student Intern Program - Misasa, Japan

The Pheasant Memorial Laboratory, Institute for Study of the Earth's Interior, Okayama University would like to invite applications for the 2014 International Student Intern Program.

The program offers students an opportunity to work in state-of-the-art research facilities, and to gain first-hand research experience. Last year, the Chelyabinsk meteorites was chosen to be the main target for the program.

* Contact: Tak Kunihiro <>
* Date: July 1 (Tue) -- August 9 (Fri), 2014
* Eligibility: The program is open to advanced undergraduate (3rd to 4th year) and master-course students. We prefer students in earth sciences, physics, chemistry, and materials sciences who have a strong interest in a pursuing a career in scientific research regardless of their nationality, but assuming reasonable communication skills in English.
* Financial: Accommodation in the Misasa guesthouse is provided, and travel and living expenses are fully covered.
* Application deadline: May 6, 2014
* Projects conducted in the past
** Multichron: Isotope compositions of Sr, Nd, and Pb were determined  to date plutons by TIMS, ICP-MS, and SIMS. One of the major goals was  to have experience in wet chemistry in our clean room. Related
   petrographic work was undertaken over a wide range of scales by FE-SEM, EPMA, micro-Raman, micro-FTIR, and FIB/TEM. 
** Multielements: The target here was a meteorite and a single thin section was investigated comprehensively using a wide range of  instruments (FE-SEM, EPMA, LA-ICPMS, and SIMS). One highlight was  the determination of oxygen isotope compositions by gas mass-spectrometry and laser fluorination. 
** Synthesis: The prerequisite for any microanalytical analysis is  having well-characterized reference material. In this project, students created reference materials with wide variation in chemical and isotopic composition. First, glass was synthesized. Then the glass was analyzed by conventional methods, including TIMS, ICP-MS, and gas-MS. Finally, using other reference materials, the new standard was characterized and calibrated by SIMS.

Eizo Nakamura, Director

Institute for Study of the Earth's Interior, Okayama University

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