I’m taking up the challenge of the search for extra–terrestrial life.
Q: What was your motivation for joining the program?
In the future, I hope to work as an astrobiologist and take up the challenge of the search for extra-terrestrial life. This is an enormous interdisciplinary undertaking, and I hope to comprehensively combine my knowledge of biology with an understanding of subjects like paleontology, chemistry, geology, and planetary sciences. To do this, I will need to discuss issues with experts in these various disciplines. In addition to the natural sciences, as a matter of course, knowledge in fields such as systems engineering and information science will be necessary for the development of space probes to search for other planets and life forms. To these ends, this program will help me gain knowledge drawn from several different fields, as well as opportunities to discuss issues with experts in those fields. In doing so, I hope to gain the ability to build links to my own knowledge and skills.
The main reason I joined this program was to become a person that could share various ideas with many kinds of people, regardless of their personal attributes or fields of study.
Q: What are your impressions and thoughts about the program?
The opportunity to meet and work with others really appeals to me. The program involves both Japanese and international students and professors from many different backgrounds. I really enjoy the variety of optional activities offered, such as intensive seminars and special lectures. There are many opportunities to share my research with students in other fields, although I found it sometimes difficult to be understood, or to follow the discussions of others.
When an event falls short of expectations or there is some other concern, we can bring up these issues directly to our professors with future improvements in mind. In turn, the professors listen intently, and these interactions indicate the program will grow and evolve as time passes.