This specific award is a cooperative venture between the NSF and the Japan Society for Promotion of Science. Croker will spend the summer at the University of Tokyo and the Institute for Physics and Mathematics of the Universe/Kavli.
He will collaborate with Naoki Yoshida on cosmological N-body simulations. These simulations of data will be used to elucidate the nature of dark matter and dark energy, the poorly understood components that comprise 95 percent of the universe.
Croker will participate in a pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. and will receive a summer stipend of $5,000 and a round trip airplane ticket to Tokyo. East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes partner agencies pay in-country living expenses during the summer institutes.
East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes
These awards provide U.S. science and engineering graduate students with first-hand research experiences in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan. Young researchers are introduced to the science, science policy and scientific infrastructure of their respective host countries and receive orientation to the society, culture and language.
East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes awards will help students initiate professional relationships to enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts.