Joey Martinez

Departure Date:
May 30. 2012
Return Date:
Aug. 01 2012
Local Institution:
University of Texas at Brownsville
Local Advisor:
Rick Jenet
Foreign Institution:
MPIfR
Foreign Advisor:
KJ Lee
Student Status:
Undergraduate
  • Q. What country were you staying in? Bonn, Germany
  • Q. What university were you attending/doing research at? It’s not a university its a research institution. I was at the Max-Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy.
  • Q. How long were you there? I’ve gone for two consecutive summers, each about 2 months.
  • Q. What sort of research were you doing? Pulsar Timing. This past summer I was working on following up on my double neutron star system. The first summer I worked on expanding my research project, where I was working on creating a website to help choose the optimal list of pulsars to detect gravitational waves.
  • Q. Did being abroad influence the kind of research you’re doing? Working on my research projects abroad help me expand my research.
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing about being abroad? Experiencing a new culture and getting to travel in Europe.
  • Q. What’s your favorite new phrase from the language? Prost!
  • Q. What’s the hardest thing about being abroad? Language barrier. My German is not that great but I managed to get by.
  • Q. What did you do in your free time? Explored the city, went to museums, traveled to other countries.
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad? Visited the Olympic stadium for the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. I visited Anne Franks house in Amsterdam, Netherlands and the Van Gogh museum.
  • Q. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad? Everything closes on Sundays in Bonn, Germany.
  • Q. What advice would you offer others going abroad? Don’t hesitate in the opportunity of studying abroad.
  • Q. What skills have you learned abroad? have been able to survive and adapt in a different country with a different language and culture. I’ve also learned a lot more about Pulsar Timing.
  • Q. Is there anything you’d do differently or anything you wish you’d have known? would have liked to travel to more countries.