Natalie Meyers

Departure Date:
5/25/2018
Return Date:
8/5/2018
Local Institution:
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Local Advisor:
David Kaplan
Foreign Institution:
Institute of Mathematical Sciences
Foreign Advisor:
Manjari Bagchi
Student Status:
Undergraduate
  • Q. What country were you staying in?
    • India
  • Q. Where were you doing research?
    • Institute of Mathematical Sciences
  • Q. How long were you there?
    • Ten weeks
  • Q. What sort of research were you doing?
    • We were studying pulsars and globular clusters. We worked on coding programs that would simulate the birth and evolution of puslars so we could test how many pulsars could have been ejected from globular clusters.
  • Q. Did being abroad influence the kind of research you’re doing?
    • Not necessarily being abroad, but just who we were working with. We did research that Manjari had started a few years ago, but had let fall on the back burner.
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing about being abroad?
    • The coolest thing was seeing how other cultures made their way through life. I got so used to my routines at home and the cultural norms in the states, so it was very influential to see how other cultures carried out daily tasks.
  • Q. What’s your favorite new phrase from the language?
    • We didn’t really learn any new phrases, we mostly spoke English since Indian languages vary so much.
  • Q. What’s the hardest thing about being abroad?
    • The hardest thing about being abroad is having to relearn how to go about your day to fit in with the culture. Being away from family and friends was pretty hard too, of course.
  • Q. What did you do in your free time?
    • In our free time we did a lot of site-seeing and spent time working out in the campus fitness center.
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing you’ve done or seen while abroad?
    • The coolest thing I saw while being abroad was the Taj Mahal.
  • Q. What advice would you offer others thinking of going abroad?
    • Definitely go if you can! It’s an amazing experience if you make it, but do some research before and prepare yourself about what to expect when you get there.
  • Q. What skills have you learned abroad?
    • I learned how to catch a train, and how to surf (slightly). Science wise, I learned some Fortran coding, and the mechanics of a superheterodyne receiver.
  • Q. Is there anything you’d do differently or anything you wish you’d have known?
    • I probably would have tried to find out more of what prior knowledge and skills I should’ve had coming into the project.