Prof. Cross accepts Tokyo Tech undergraduate 4th year students, graduate student applicants and visiting researchers into his lab on the Ookayama campus (in Meguro, Tokyo). Both Japanese and international students are welcome to apply to join the lab. Please note that MEXT scholarships for degree-seeking international students are very limited. If you are seeking a scholarship, please consider applying for scholarships in your home country offered by the Japanese embassy, JICA, JSPS and via foundations.
If you are interested in joining my lab for a degree program, please send your resume and contact me by email including the answers to the questions in part 1 below. Based upon lab space availability, your intellectual/academic ability, diversity, research topic match, your financial situation, and research impact potential on society, you will be asked to proceed into Part 2. Regarding IPG (C) program, please contact me in March for Sept. admission and in Aug. for April admission. For IGP(C) applicants ,I reviewed the candidates' and schedule interviews, 4-6 weeks before the application deadline. For IGP(A) applicants, I will review the appliants' materials in mid-october and schedule interviews with selected candidates. Due to limited students desks/space in the lab, I give priority to Japanese 4th year undergraduate /graduate students and international master/doctoral program applicants receiving scholarships. (explaination revised July 2020)
Lab Applications Part 1.
1. What are you currently doing (work, research, student)?
2. Which Tokyo Tech graduate degree program are you applying for IGP-A (MEXT scholarship), IPG-C (ext. scholarship or self-funded), Ippan A or B (for Japanese language applicants), other ?
3. When is the deadline for the above application and when do you want to be admitted (Sept./April Year)?
4. Why do you want to pursue a graduate degree (Master, Doctoral) or pursue research in my group?
5. Why do you feel you are qualified to pursue a degree or undertake research in my group?
6. What is your intended graduate major (Energy Course, Materials Course, or Global engineering for development, environment and society) for Master/Doctoral program or otherwise status at Tokyo Tech? See the Tokyo Tech guide for graduate degrees and international programs page.
7. What is the topic of your proposed research, what is your research approach to address it, and why is your approach to pursue this research unique, do you expect your approach to lead to any breakthroughs in fundamental knowledge or new technology, and what are the expected tangible outcomes of your intended research?
8. How would you support your education/research stay financially (IGPA MEXT scholarship, University recommendation MEXT scholarship, self-financed, other scholarship)? Note: MEXT scholarships are very limited and selection is based in part on GPA e.g. top ranked students in your dept. at your university, with superior demonstrated academic ability.
9. How would pursuing a graduate degree fit into your career plans? What would you do after graduation?
10. International students: are you interested in learning the Japanese language and culture? Have you studied the Japanese language previously? Japanese students: are you interested in learning about overseas cultures and improving your English ability? Have you traveled overseas previously, if so for how long and where? How would you describe your English language ability?
11. Are you currently in discussions with any other faculty member at Tokyo Tech or another institution about graduate degree admission? If so, what responses have you received from them?
12. For doctoral applicants, what is your goal regarding the number of publications you want to publish on your proposed research if you were admitted to Tokyo Tech and what are the journals in which you wish to publish including impact factors? Two published peer-reviewed papers are required for graduation.
Part 2 Overall procedure for graduate student applicants to complete for admission.
0. Review degree program description and graduation requirements.
1. Applicant answers questions in part 1 and sends responses by email to Prof. Cross for further consideration
2. Applicant prepares research proposal (title slide, self-introduction (education), research literature review, research motivation, research questions (objective)/gap in knowledge, research methodology leading to breakthough in know-how or technology, expected research outcome, research budget, target journals for publication/impact factor and project schedule - Gantt chart style, plans after graduation, e.g. 15 ppt slides - on an original research topic/high potential for research breakthrough, peer reviewed publication plan and potential for research funding. Depending upon the topic, written 3 page summary may also be requested.
3. Exchange research proposal with Prof. Cross and based upon feedback revise several times.
4. Hold interview with Prof. Cross by skype to discuss research proposal, academic ability, application materials, motivation etc. After interview, Prof. and student jointly confirm student's ability/intent to undertake graduate level research, join lab .
5. Hold 2nd Skype interview to assess student's academic competence, review transcript, qualifications, research proposal - assessment is pass/fail.
6. Applicant prepares/submits application (apply for visa) by program deadline online and/or by postal (express) mail depending upon the addmissions office rules.
7. Domestic international doctoral student submits application, prepares oral exam research proposal presentation, rehearse and receive feedback from Prof. Cross. (Students who graduated from a degree program taught in English or are citizens of countries where is English is the national language, Prof. Cross can make a request for an exemption to the dept. for the Standardized English test score requirement.)
8. IGP(C) and IGP(A) applicants are interviewed by ZOOM or Skype by 3-5 dept. faculty members to determine their academic and research ability. Decision is pass or fail.
9. The formal decision about admission is made by dept. at the monthly faculty meeting based upon interview results. The admission office will contact successful applicants by email.
10. Domestic graduate student applicant takes (MS, Doctor) TSE or Materials and Chemical Technology department oral and written entrance exams. Notification of acceptance posted on Tokyo Tech homepage.
11. Successfully accepted candidates then complete fall/spring admission registration, entrance ceremony, and new student orientation typically on Campus (tbd) then classes begin.
12. Admitted student into the lab revises research proposal (10 pages for MS and 15-20 pages for doctoral students), prepare plan of work and presents it in the lab seminar held twice per week during academic year for credit.
(Revised July 2020)