- Departure Date:
- Jun. 22 2014
- Return Date:
- Aug. 15 2014
- Local Institution:
- West Virginia University
- Local Advisor:
- Maura McLaughlin
- Foreign Institution:
- Swinburne University
- Foreign Advisor:
- Evan Keane
- Student Status:
- Q. What country were you staying in?
- Q. What university were you attending/doing research at?
- Swinburne University of Technology
- Q. How long were you there?
- Q. What sort of research were you doing?
- Finding fast radio bursts!
- Q. Did being abroad influence the kind of research you’re doing?
worked on Parkes Radio Telescope data, which I could have done from
anywhere, but it was cool to work with the team that actually does
Australian radio astronomy. The Centre for Astrophysics and
Supercomputing was actually very multicultural.
- Q. What’s the coolest thing about being abroad?
Noticing all the little details that are so different from
- Q. What’s your favorite new phrase from the language?
“No worries, mate!”
- Q. What’s the hardest thing about being abroad?
Being away from friends.
- Q. What did you do in your free time?
Played soccer with the other students and explored Melbourne.
- Q. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad?
drove a car on the left side of the road!
- Q. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad?
Australian animals! They have whole trees full of parrots!
- Q. What advice would you offer others going abroad?
Explore all that you can!
- Q. What skills have you learned abroad?
The most obvious was Python programming. I also learned a lot about
how neural nets work and how to implement them.
- Q. Is there anything you’d do differently or anything you wish you’d
wish I would have learned the programming language beforehand, but I
was still able to learn enough to do my project!