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Award ceremony for 2013 Grants-in-Aid for Extracurricular Research

2013-7-5(Fri)

The award ceremony for the 14th Grants-in-Aid for Extracurricular Research was held in the Administration Bureau on Wednesday, July 3, with President Toshio Hirano, Vice President Higashijima, and the Campus Life Committee Chairperson Miyazaki in attendance.

Osaka University established the Grants-in-Aid for Extracurricular Research in order to raise the awareness of undergraduates regarding the importance of research. Grants are given to individual undergraduates or groups of undergraduates in recognition of original ambitious student-led research. Out of 26 applications, the nine research projects noted below received recognition for these grants.

The ceremony opened with an explanation on the screening process by Chairperson Miyazaki. Next, President Hirano delivered a speech after conferring certificates of commendation on the winners. The ceremony closed with the winners expressing their hopes and expectations for their projects.

Research Project Topics and Group Members

1. A successful long-distance flight using a low-speed, low-power-input, man-powered tailless aircraft.

Group members: School of Foreign Studies (1), School of Science (2), School of Engineering (7), School of Engineering Science (5)

2. Construction of a life-size Machikane alligator robot from Lego blocks for the purpose of improving our ability to include spatial considerations in the design of objects.

Group members: School of Economics (1), School of Science (1), School of Engineering (2), School of Engineering Science (2)

3. Research regarding the strengths of Hong Kong universities in order to help make Osaka University one of the world's top 10 universities.

Group members: School of Foreign Studies (6)

4. An analysis of tire characteristics and vehicular motion extracted from actual driving data from the Student Formula race cars.

Group members: School of Engineering (9), School of Engineering Science (2)

5. The role played by long-term volunteers in post-disaster reconstruction -- focusing on the case of Noda-mura, Kunohe-gun, Iwate Prefecture.

Group members: School of Human Sciences (3), School of Foreign Studies (1), School of Law (1), School of Economics (1)

6. Successfully winning of the NHK Robot Contest.

Group members: School of Engineering (5), School of Engineering Science (2)

7. The problems of Korean residents in Japan through fieldwork in Korean Town and interviews with experts in this field.

Group members: School of Foreign Studies (10), School of Law (1)

8. Exploring approaches for the solving of conflicts between companies in a globalized world.

Group members: School of Law (6), School of Economics (1)

9. Attempting to achieve a winning entry in the international genetically engineered machine competition (iGEM) through the construction of genetically engineered prokaryotic multicellular organisms.

Group members: School of Science (6), Faculty of Medicine  (1), School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (1), School of Engineering (2)

14th awards


Related earlier article: 14th Grants-in-Aid for Extracurricular Research -- Applications are being accepted! (April 2, 2013)

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