Away We Go

The Office of Undergraduate Research sponsors a number of grant programs, including the Circumnavigator Club Foundation’s Around-the-World Study Grant and the Undergraduate Research Grant. Some of the students on these grants end up traveling and having a variety of amazing experiences. We wanted to give some of them the opportunity to share these experiences with the broader public.  It is our hope that this opportunity to blog will deepen the experiences for these students by giving them a forum for reflection; we also hope these blogs can help open the eyes of others to those reflections/experiences as well. Through these blogs, perhaps we all can enjoy the ride as much as they will.

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Weekend Update - Posted to Cesáreas by jessica

Although I had been planning to take a break from work to get in some sightseeing of the city, the weekend took an unexpected turn. My Saturday was spent in the hospital after my roommate contracted dysentery. We looked up a hospital that spoke English (and also accepted my roommates’ insurance) and took a taxi (Read More)

Playing the Politics Game with Punjabis - Posted to Singhs on the Small Screen by Conner VanderBeek

Brampton East is a liberal area. Their biggest issues include immigration policy, the staggering price of car insurance, restrictions placed on basements, and the fact that the 9th largest city in Canada doesn’t have its own university. The surrounding cities, for example, — Malton, Mississauga, etc. — have laws allowing homeowners to rent out their (Read More)

Thus is fate - Posted to Losing pounds (and euros)! by danica

I decided to spend some time in Stratford Upon Avon (while in England, do as Shakespeare does!), and so I spent two nights there. Shakespeare really is in there air there, and fate, one of his favorite topics in writing, played a huge part in my stay. I still hadn’t figured out where I was (Read More)

Snapshots of Machu Picchu! - Posted to Food for Thought by Elizabeth Larsen

This weekend I was able to visit Machu Picchu! I’ve been wanting to visit since I first learned about it in high school, and it was a dream come true. Machu Picchu is as awe inspiring and fascinating as everyone says it is. Here are a few pictures that I took of the day! Bookmark (Read More)

where always it’s Spring - Posted to a summer of song by veronique

My brilliant plan of naming all these blog posts after the poems that I’m working with is significantly less simple than I had anticipated. Thanks, e.e. cummings, for your ungrammar and perpetual use of enjambment. Anyway. This week has been quite productive in terms of song analysis! It started off slowly, but now I think (Read More)

Back to Work - Posted to Youth and Politics in Senegal by kenny

It’s been 8 days since I was discharged from the hospital and I’m feeling almost 100% recovered and back to normal. I can walk around a lot without feeling any pain but I still cannot lift heavy objects or exercise. I get my bandage changed for the wound over my stomach every two days and (Read More)

We Code Because… - Posted to Bay Area Communal Living in the Digital Age by commune

Wait,  we don’t code. How did we end up at this IBM Mixer? Glen Tona (pictured below) is one of our roommates at the Rainbow Mansion, and he works for “BlueMix Garage”, which is an IBM powered company dedicated to help startups develop by connecting different people with various areas of expertise. It is an (Read More)

Weeks 3 and 4: Results! - Posted to Baby Talk by courtney

My experiment is producing results! I’m not sure how much I’m allowed to say, so that’s all I’m going to say about the results. They exist. They’re there. We have done the study with some toddlers, and there are results now. Sorry if you were expecting something more conclusive. Here’s a fun video of a (Read More)

The Pendulum Effect - Posted to Things to be shattered; things to be shown by maria

The beginning may not always be the hardest part but, perhaps because it’s the beginning, it pretty much feels that way. Such was the case with the start of my research — talk about a series of dead ends. Unexpected facility closings, crashed internet, essential materials on loan indefinitely, and, to top it all off, (Read More)

Tanzania: week 1! - Posted to Crossing Paths by nedra

Where to begin with this past week? So much as happened that it feels like I’ve been in Tanzania for much longer than a week; but with seven more weeks left in my program, I know that there is still so much more to experience. The way my program is set up, the first two (Read More)

Hello… - Posted to Jessie's Summer 2014 by pcivetta

Hello, my name is Jessie Kang and I’m conducting research on the mechanism of action of the compound metarrestin, by focusing on the change in Pol I activity. The results of this research will provide insight into cancer metastasis. Bookmark to:

Protected: Rwanda Revisited - Posted to The World is a Book: A Page in Rwanda by Lydia

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The Bittersweet End - Posted to The Bare Bones by Catherine Althaus

The final stop on my whirlwind adventure turned out to be one of my favorite locations of the summer. After a wonderful time in Chile I crossed the border into Peru, eventually settling in a small southern town called Moquegua. Since the tiny city is not known for any kind tourism, I stuck out like (Read More)