Durham - Japan Field Mission

June 24 - July 4, 2017
For more information contact:
Dr. Terri R. Norton
Construction Engineering
(402) 554-2564

Program Registration:

Apply by: May 24, 2017


Learn from Disasters Field Mission on Reconstruction of the Tohoku Region of Japan for Underrepresented Minority Students in STEM

Program Overview:

Seven U.S. students will be selected to participate on a field mission to Japan to observe the reconstruction and redevelopment of the Tohoku region, after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.  This Learn from Disasters Field Mission (LDFM) experience will train and mentor traditionally underrepresented minority and female students. During the program, the group will visit sites within the Miyagi and Iwate Prefectures to observe the recovery efforts and attend workshops hosted by local Japanese universities. The group will also tour the research facilities at the Tohoku University- International Research Institute for Disaster Science (IRIDeS). 


Ten days of research experience in hazards mitigation and disaster recovery in the Tohoku region of Japan.  *This is a non-credit, university sponsored activity.


  • Travel and lodging expenses will be covered by a National Science Foundation grant.
  • Meals and miscellaneous expenses will not be covered.


  • Underrepresented students interested in structural engineering and/or disaster mitigation.
  • Junior or senior undergraduate or first year graduate students
  • U.S. citizens only

How to Apply:

Submit: Application form, Resume, Statement of Interest and Two Recommendation letters. A International Travel Registry for Students (ITRS) form will be completed by UNL Education Abroad (Education Abroad Office’s website’s page).