Teaching and Research Opportunities

Teaching

The Japanese Program regularly uses undergraduate TAs for our first-year and second-year language classes. Students interested in a TA-ship should contact Professor Tomoko Kato. All TAs will take MDLL 401: Internship/Practicum in Teaching Foreign Languages during their first semester of teaching.

The Japanese Program also has opportunities for students to work as TAs in our content classes. Please contact Professor Rachel DiNitto if you are interested. Below are some of our recent TAs in our content classes.

Teaching Assistants

Charles Fliss worked as a teaching assistant in JAPN 330: Japan's Gross National Cool and in JAPN 150W: Japanophilia assisting students with research and writing of postings to the class website.

Pam Kennedy worked as a teaching assistant in JAPN 330: Japan's Gross National Cool assisting students with research and writing of postings to the class website.

Mellon Fellows

Danielle Ramsak worked as a Mellon Fellow in JAPN 280: East Asian Cultures Through Film supervising the online discussion board based around the film screenings.

Peter Zimmerman worked as a Mellon Fellow in JAPN 308: Popular Culture and Nationalism in Millennial Japan: 1980s-2000s assisting students with research and writing of postings to the class wiki site. Peter also gave a guest lecture on the reception of Japanese art in Europe.

Research

The Charles Center annually funds and administers a number of scholarships to support independent undergraduate research projects, as well as collaborative faculty-student projects. A list of previous scholarship recipients and projects, application forms, and additional information are available through the Charles Center's webpage. Contact [[lmgrim,Lisa Grimes]], Associate Director of the Charles Center and Coordinator of National Scholarships and Undergraduate Research for additional information. The Charles Center is located in the basement of Tucker Hall.

Students in the Japanese Program have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on a research topic of their own through an independent study or an honors thesis. They can also work on a faculty member's research project through the support of grants such as the Chappell Fellowships. There are also a number of national and international fellowships for the study of the Japan. Students should see the Japanese Government Scholarships for more information on study in Japan.

For examples of student research projects, see our research page.