Elizabeth Rigby

Departure Date:
Return Date:
Local Institution:
Oberlin College
Local Advisor:
Dan Stinebring
Foreign Institution:
Institute of Mathematical Sciences - Chennai
Foreign Advisor:
Manjari Bagchi
Student Status:
  • Q. What country were you staying in?
    • India
  • Q. Where were you doing research?
    • Institute of Mathematical Sciences - Chennai
  • Q. How long were you there?
    • 10 weeks
  • Q. What sort of research were you doing?
    • We were doing research into a possible formation route for double neutron star systems. We simulated populations of double neutron stars within globular clusters, and then used search algorithms to determine if we could detect them.
  • Q. Did being abroad influence the kind of research you’re doing?
    • It influenced who I was working with which allowed me to do more simulations rather than data processing.
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing about being abroad?
    • It was amazing to experience a new culture and to be able to visit the historical sites of that culture.
  • Q. What’s your favorite new phrase from the language?
    • I didn’t learn very much of the local language as almost everyone spoke English to me.
  • Q. What’s the hardest thing about being abroad?
    • It was really hard for me to be so far away from my family, and to have the time difference which made it difficult to talk to them.
  • Q. What did you do in your free time?
    • We often went out to restaurants, museums, temples, or beaches when we had free time.
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing you’ve done or seen while abroad?
    • I really enjoyed visiting the GMRT telescope while I was in India.
  • Q. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve done or seen while abroad?
    • I don’t know if this is incredibly bizarre, but it was amazing to see how many people could fit into a small rickshaw.
  • Q. What advice would you offer others thinking of going abroad?
    • I would tell them to do it! It was a great experience, and I learned a lot about being on my own, and about when I wanted to ask for help.
  • Q. What skills have you learned abroad?
    • I learned some skills about time management and planning in the process of going, and we also planned a weekend trip while we were there so I learned about booking flights and hotels in another country.
  • Q. Is there anything you’d do differently or anything you wish you’d have known?
    • I wish that I had known a little bit more about the Visa application process, because that was very difficult and stressful, but it all worked out in the end.