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


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.

14th awards

Selected Research Project Topics

Research regarding:

  1. A successful long-distance flight using a low-speed, low-power-input, man-powered tailless aircraft.
  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.
  3. Research regarding the strengths of Hong Kong universities in order to help make Osaka University one of the world's top 10 universities.
  4. An analysis of tire characteristics and vehicular motion extracted from actual driving data from the Student Formula race cars.
  5. The role played by long-term volunteers in post-disaster reconstruction -- focusing on the case of Noda-mura, Kunohe-gun, Iwate Prefecture.
  6. Successfully winning of the NHK Robot Contest.
  7. The problems of Korean residents in Japan through fieldwork in Korean Town and interviews with experts in this field.
  8. Exploring approaches for the solving of conflicts between companies in a globalized world.
  9. Attempting to achieve a winning entry in the international genetically engineered machine competition (iGEM) through the construction of genetically engineered prokaryotic multicellular organisms.

For more information on the above, go here.

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