- Departure Date:
- Jan. 23 2015
- Return Date:
- Mar. 09 2015
- Local Institution:
- Cornell University
- Local Advisor:
- Jim Cordes
- Foreign Institution:
- Foreign Advisor:
- Michael Kramer
- Student Status:
- Q. What country were you staying in?
- Q. What university were you attending/doing research at?
wasn’t a university but a research institute. I was at the Max
Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy.
- Q. How long were you there?
- Q. What sort of research were you doing?
was working on different aspects of estimating single-pulse
stochasticity and estimating the amount of error introduced into our
- Q. Did being abroad influence the kind of research you’re doing?
Not really, but I think it strengthened ties between myself and a
lot of pulsar experts in the community, especially many of my direct
collaborators with whom I’m working on projects at the moment. And
it’s already led to some on-going and future work as well.
- Q. What’s the coolest thing about being abroad?
the research side: being part of a massive group of so many experts
in the field. On the personal side: getting to be immersed in a
completely new culture.
- Q. What’s your favorite new phrase from the language?
Moin confused me for quite a bit
- Q. What’s the hardest thing about being abroad?
Finding my way around was a bit of a challenge at first because the
subtle differences in how things worked (such as mass transit) was
enough to throw me off. I got the hang of it pretty quickly though
and was fine after that.
- Q. What did you do in your free time?
did a lot of running, which allowed me to see a lot of the smaller,
neighboring villages, the forest, a lot of the Rhine River, etc. I
had a fun time exploring around the area.
- Q. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad?
got to walk around Rome for a few days and even got to eat dinner in
between two major protests, which was a pretty unique experience.
- Q. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad?
got to see a former radio astronomy student I worked with years ago,
who is now a musician, who just happened to start a tour around
Europe while I was there. Go figure!
- Q. What advice would you offer others going abroad?
Make sure you know exactly where you are going and exactly how to
- Q. What skills have you learned abroad?
learned a lot about the methods used by our collaborators in the
European Pulsar Timing Array and got to compare notes on procedures
and research strategies.
- Q. Is there anything you’d do differently or anything you wish you’d
wish I had a bit more language preparation. I knew a little bit
going in but didn’t have a lot of time to learn enough to
be comfortable. If I were going back, I’d definitely give it a