Yuriko Sato – Graduate Student International Summer Research or Residency Award Recipient

Tokyo and Osaka, Japan: Study to understand the racial imbalance of foreign-born faculty and Whiteness in Japanese higher education.

I feel very fortunate to have received the Graduate Student International Summer Research or Residency Award from the Global Engagement Office. This award greatly assisted me with my research in Japan. My research focuses on exploring the experiences of foreign-born Asian faculty members in Japanese higher education. This generous award primarily covered my travel expenses from the United States to Japan. These trips were essential for me to meet and connect with my collaborators and faculty members in Japan. Spending time with them allowed me to build relationships and gain a better understanding of the context.


With the financial support I received from the Global Engagement Office, I could also cover my transportation expenses within Japan, enabling me to visit four different universities. It also covered the cost of the portable Wi-Fi, which was essential for maintaining online connectivity during my research, as well as my insurance while I was in Japan. Moreover, I had the opportunity to visit faculty members who had previously visited UW-Madison School of Education, thanks to the Global Engagement Office’s prior connections. I also cherished the chance to spend time with my family and friends in Japan during my research trip. I’m truly thankful for being chosen as one of the recipients of the 2023 Graduate Student International Summer Research or Residency Awards. This support has made a significant difference in my research journey, and I greatly appreciate it. Thank you, once again, for this invaluable support.