Procedure for graduate degree applicant admission

   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 and extremely competitive. If you are seeking a scholarship, please consider applying for scholarships in your home country offered by the Japanese embassy, Asian Development Bank (ADB), JICA, JSPS and via foundations. 
    If you are interested in joining the lab for a degree program, please send your resume to Prof. Cross by email or using the contact page and include the answers to the questions in part 1 below. Based upon lab space availability, your intellectual/academic ability, lab diversity, research topic match, your financial situation (self-finance or scholarship potential), and research impact potential on society, you will be asked to proceed into Part 2. Regarding IPG (C) program applicants, please contact Prof. in March for Sept. admission and in October for April admission. For IGP(C) applicants, Prof. reviews the candidates' research proposals, resume, transcripts and hold interviews 3 weeks before the application deadline. For IGP(A) applicants, Prof. will review the applicants' materials in mid-November and schedule interviews with selected candidates. Due to limited students desks/space in the lab, Prof. gives priority to Japanese 4th year undergraduate /graduate students and international master/doctoral program applicants receiving scholarships.  (explanation revised Oct. 2022)
Lab Applications Part 1. 
0. How did you learn about the Cross lab (google search, facebook, instagram, Tokyo Tech homepage, TSE homepage department faculty list....)?
1. What are you currently doing (work, research, student)? 

2. Which Tokyo Tech graduate degree program are you applying for IGP-A (integrated Master + Doctoral degree 5 year program), Embassy MEXT scholarship (Master or Doctoral Degree), IPG-C (Master, Doctoral degree, ext. scholarship or self-funded), General (Ippan A or B for Japanese language applicants), Working-adult doctoral program, or other and what degree are you seeking to pursue?

3. When is the deadline for the above application and when do you want to be admitted as a student to Tokyo Tech (Sept./April Year)?

4. Why do you want to pursue a graduate degree or pursue research in the Cross lab?

5. Why do you feel you are qualified to pursue a degree or undertake research in the Cross lab?

6. What is your intended degree graduate major (Energy Science and Engineering (Energy Course), or Global engineering for development, environment and society (GEDES)) for Master/Doctoral program or otherwise status at Tokyo Tech? See the Tokyo Tech guide for graduate major/ degrees and international programs page for further information.  

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. The lab does not provide financial support to students seeking degrees or conducting research. 

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 or doing research abroad? Have you traveled overseas previously, if so for how long and where? How would you describe your English language ability?  Please send standardized English test score if available.

11. Are you currently in discussions with any other faculty member at Tokyo Tech or faculty at other institutions in Japan 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.
13. Do you have a standardized English test score, if you studied English as a foreign language, or do you wish to apply for a  English test score waive due to your prior university degree was taught in English, or you are from a country where English is the national language and are fluent in English? 
Part 2 Admissions procedure for graduate student applicants. 
0. Review Tokyo Tech degree program description and graduation requirements (click to access)
1. Applicant answers questions in part 1 above and sends responses by email to Prof. Cross for further consideration.
2. Applicant prepares a 3 page summary of the research proposal including references. Applicant prepares original research proposal in Powerpoint for 15 min oral presentation and interview by ZOOM using slides that include (number slides):
  • title slide, name, date, program, graduate major, degree program ....
  • self-introduction (nationality, education, work experience, why applying to join Tokyo Tech Cross lab)
  • research issue or problem as presented in the mass media, research motivation, scale 
  • brief research literature review (what is already known on this topic) to identify knowledge gap
  • research questions (objective)/based upon gap of knowledge in the literature review
  • research methodology (equipment, software, and hardware needed)
  • expected research outcome
  • research budget or equipment (if needed)
  • explain research approach novelty
  • targeted journals for publication/impact factor and academic conference presentations
  • planned field trips in Japan
  • research project schedule for degree - Gantt chart style
  • plans after graduation
  • references
  • personal references (optional)
send the written proposal and slides to Prof. Cross by email.
3. Exchange research proposal and slides with Prof. Cross and based upon feedback received, revise several times. 
 
4. Schedule and hold interview with Prof. Cross by ZOOM 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 and join the lab.
 
5. Hold 2nd ZOOM interview (if needed) 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 admissions 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), IGP(A) or MEXT scholarship applicants are interviewed by ZOOM 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. Tokyo Tech admitted student writes lab research proposal (5-10 page for B4, 10 pages for MS and 15-20 pages for doctoral students), prepare plan of work and present it in the lab seminar held twice per week during academic year for credit. 
(Revised Oct. 2022)