- Departure Date:
- Jun. 02 2014
- Return Date:
- Jul. 30 2014
- Local Institution:
- West Virginia University
- Local Advisor:
- Maura McLaughlin
- Foreign Institution:
- Cardiff University
- Foreign Advisor:
- Francesco Pannarale
- Student Status:
- Q. What country were you staying in?
- Q. What university were you attending/doing research at?
Cardiff University Department of Physics and Astronomy
- Q. How long were you there?
- Q. What sort of research were you doing?
worked on a model of black hole neutron star systems that evolves
the pieces of the neutron star as particles moving on a Kerr
spacetime while emitting quadrupolar gravitational radiation. This
is an approximation to a full numerical relativity approach of
studying these systems.
- Q. Did being abroad influence the kind of research you’re doing?
Yes it did. The group at Cardiff is a very passionate group who
definitely opened my eyes to the number of open problems in
gravitational wave physics. I gained a deeper appreciation for how
what I was working on fit into our current body of knowledge.
- Q. What’s the coolest thing about being abroad?
There were too many things to count. It was a World Cup year, so
everyone was extremely excited about how that was proceeding. But on
a geeky note, Doctor Who filmed just down the street from my office,
so that was pretty cool.
- Q. What’s your favorite new phrase from the language?
- Q. What’s the hardest thing about being abroad?
did get a bit lonely at times and the fact that air conditioning was
basically nonexistent made things interesting.
- Q. What did you do in your free time?
got to explore Cardiff and surrounding areas, watched the world cup
with friends where we could, and spent a lot of time taking walks
and runs in the park. The Welsh countryside definitely reminded me a
lot of home.
- Q. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad?
Somewhere between hiking 10 km in the Welsh countryside to a castle
in the middle of nowhere and exploring London with my fiance
- Q. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad?
Eating black pudding. I would never have guessed it was congealed
blood until the waitress told me.
- Q. What advice would you offer others going abroad?
Listen to people. Not just for the cool international perspective on
things, but for the simple things like where to shop, what to see,
what pubs not to go to and the like.
- Q. What skills have you learned abroad?
learned how to adapt to unique living circumstances, how to convert
between pounds and dollars on the fly, and how to ask questions and
do science with a new group of people.
- Q. Is there anything you’d do differently or anything you wish you’d
would have packed an umbrella.