Voices of Current Students

Kaito Kikiuchi
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Master's Student

I joined the IHS program, willing to gain insight into the often tumultuous relationship between science and society from the perspectives of different academic fields. Building upon the classes and fieldtrips offered in the program, I put what I learnt into practice by taking part in founding of the students' network, "IHS-link", and a study group on university policies. My experiences at the program has taken me beyond the boundaries of my discipline and allowed me to deepen my thoughts on the role of academics in society. I will continue exploring through the program, how academics could promote a more inclusive and sustainable scientific community, alongside my thesis research in biophysics.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Master's Student

Lillian Tsay
Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, The University of Tokyo, Master's Student

Since the program features the theme of cultural diversity, we are encouraged to explore and challenge different social issues and disciplines. I also discuss my research with my mentors and classmates in IHS. Students are also exposed to participate in internships and study abroad to enhance our social participation and international communication. By joining the program, one can certainly have a rich and colorful school life.

Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, The University of Tokyo, Master's Student

Rie Yamada
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Doctoral Student

So far in the IHS program, I have participated in the various fieldtrips and conducted an internship at a medical institute. The program offers rich opportunities for the participants to learn and interact with students of various disciplines, while requiring us to immediately summarize and express what we learnt through these opportunities. As a participant, I find it valuable that the program strengthens our flexibility to tackle multiple tasks in handling requirements of the program and own thesis researches, simultaneously sharpening our ability to analyze the issues occur along the way.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Doctoral Student