four seasons

News Letter

P Volume 3 (June 13 2018)
  1. Memories about life in Graduate School of Environmental Science, Hokkaido University
    Chunmao Zhu (Scientist, Japan Agency for Marine-earth Science and Technology)
  2. 研究を次の世代につなぐ
    吉田 怜 (札幌市立八条中学校 理科教諭)
P Volume 2 (March 11 2018)
  1. Memory of Hokudai
    Tika D. Atikah (Research Center for Biology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences)
  2. 学術研究から企業の研究へ
    杉目 康広(住化エンバイロメンタルサイエンス㈱)
P Volume 1 (December 25 2017)
  1. 環境科学院での経験から
    田原沙弥香 (一般社団法人北海道再生可能エネルギー振興機構)
  2. GSES - The Shaper of Environmental Scientists
    Md. Tajuddin Sikder, PhD (Assistant Professor, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh)

Zhu1 Zhu2
1. Research scene: seeing mountain Rishiri in the observatory, photo
taken in July 14, 2011. 2. Life scene: Genghis Khan party in front of
the graduate school in June 26, 2010

3/1. Memory of Hokudai

Chunmao Zhu
(Scientist, Japan Agency for Marine-earth Science and Technology)

Nine years have passed since I joined Graduate School of Environmental Science, Hokkaido University. I was enrolled in the Course of Geochemistry as a PhD student in April 2010. It turned to be one of my best experiences in life. Both the facilities and the researches are of the top levels. The three-year study allows me to be well trained to be a scientist. I was lucky to study with professor Hisayuki Yoshikawa, who supervised me not only how to conduct specific research topics, but also the way of scientific thinking. Featured by fieldwork studies, I had the chance to conduct observations at Rishiri Island, the northernmost Hokkaido. Such experiences trained me to realize the importance to understand what is really happening in the fields by conducting observations in the fields. Another invaluable experience is that the students I worked with in the same laboratory are all enjoying the study and life. They are working hard in research, and they are kind, caring, energetic and easygoing in life. As a large part of our studies were conduct based on chemical analytical techniques, we had a very interesting event - the annual competition to accurately use pipette to transfer liquid. This one-day recreation event has become to be a good memory. The study and life are so fruitful, and the people in the laboratory are so nice that I never felt homesick as a foreigner.
The graduate school provided a lot of chances for graduate students to experience various ability-up activities. Being support by the graduate school, I went to Washington DC, the United States to study atmospheric transport model. I also went to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to join a summer school on the environmental change of the boreal forest, and to Beijing, China to participate in an academic conference. Meanwhile, the campus of Hokkaido University, Sapporo city, and the whole Hokkaido are charming. Energetic professors and students, caring people, beautiful nature, all these elements make my PhD memorable. I am proud to be an alumnus of Graduate School of Environmental Science, Hokkaido University.

2/1. Memory of Hokudai

Tika D. Atikah
(Research Center for Biology, Indonesian Institute of Sciences)

My first impression when I arrived in Japan was that the cities were clean, comfortable, and the public transportation was convenient. I came firstly to Hokkaido on August 2001 to take examination and secondly on early October. It was very cold. I knew that Sapporo is colder than Indonesia but it was more than what I expected. It was 7 years ago when I entered into Plant Ecology Lab at Graduate School of Environmental Science, Hokkaido University and started the challenging journey, which is out of my comfort zone. Since there, everyday was new adventure. I still remembered, my sensei, Takashi S. KOHYAMA had picked me up at Sapporo airport while my lab members have been waiting at Sapporo station, carrying banner with “Yokoso Japan”. At that time I was touched by the warmth of my lab friends, how attentive they were. I had no idea initially how to operate something in Japan since I could not speak Japanese. Frequently, I had to seek help from the people around me. Friends and my sensei supported me well so my life in Japan was going smoother than I thought. So whoever will be going to Japan, I think you should study Japanese in advance and do not hesitate to interact with local people to improve your Japanese language skill. Since I came back to the Indonesia, I returned to my previous work at the Research Center for Biology. Currently, I have a good career as researcher and also member of PME (Planning Monitoring and Evaluating team) in my office. I realize that studying abroad for some years at Hokkaido University Japan is one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life. It brought me out of my nest. My experiences studying in Japan made me grow into more confidence, open minded, and be an independent person. The person who influences me the most is KOHYAMA sensei. He assisted, encouraged me, provided a good atmosphere for study and research and also motivated me to be a good researcher. It completely changed my perspective on life. Overall, I want to apply the learning during study in Japan into my current career. I am also blessed that I still have good communication among the lab members. In the future I wish that I have opportunities to collaborate with them on some projects etc.

1/2. GSES- The Shaper of Environmental Scientists

Md. Tajuddin Sikder, PhD
(Graduated from Division of Environmental Science Development
in March 2013)

In a snowy afternoon 8 years back, I entered into the Graduate School of Environmental Science (GSES), Hokkaido University for the first time, and started a terrific journey with new hope, challenges and better expectation. Now, when I reflect on my three years of PhD program in this graduate school, I conclude that the experience not only made me an environmental scientist, but also contributed in unpredictable ways for my career. Having been shaped by my graduate school, I achieved a rewarding career as a faculty member in the 2nd largest University, Jahangirnagar University in Bangladesh. I now teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, work on the thesis of my students, carry out my own researches and deem for a changing future. When I look back to find out the sources of spirit on which I am now standing on, I uncover nothing but the support and encouragement of my professors and peers who are nothing short of champions; incredibly supportive lab and lab-mates; a few awards, couple of fellowships and recognitions of my research endeavor; few internationally flavored projects implementation; a healthy research environment of this graduate school, and my best efforts. I was lucky to have an outstanding supervisor, Maasaki Kurasaki Sensei, who assisted, encouraged, pushed, challenged and nourished me till to date. I learnt to be motivated and dedicated in researches from here and in return, GSES honored me by nominating for the Matsuno award in 2016.
I do recall my PhD tenure which always seemed to me like a puzzle to solve. Only they are the winners who can solve it within the given time with perfection. Being an international student, I never felt it an easy task. To make it easygoing, one international student should do few things one after another. Firstly, to adjust with the new environment quickly; secondly, to learn Japanese language, customs, etiquette and culture sharing as much as possible; thirdly, ‘determination’, ‘dedication’ and ‘hard working’ the most three important things in research and finally, a good understanding and trustworthiness relation with the supervisor. If one can materialize these attributes then PhD puzzle will become water like simple. This graduate school will surely provide you the friendly and stimulating intellectual environment to cross every hurdle and to reach you in your desired height.
My experiences at GSES shape everything I do now at both Bangladesh and Japan. It was a wonderful time in my life, and the best educational experience I’ve had. The relationship with this graduate school brought me again here in the same platform with new identity, 'foreign researcher' in GSES and JSPS post doctoral fellow in Faculty of Health Sciences. I am looking forward to being more deepened and enriched with new knowledge, insights and a sustainable relationship with my loving graduate school.

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