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Making the most of international research

When traveling for research, there are a host of concerns. There are the travel concerns such as visas and passports as well as living arrangements and transportation. Then then are research concerns such as internal ethics review, external ethics approval, and perhaps most importantly: finding participants. Traveling with funding from NSF Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) has been an interesting experience so far. I have been here for two weeks now and I have already learned so much. Particularly: how to make the most of international research opportunities.

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Be Ready for Any Opportunity: GROW

How do you plan travel to a foreign country in three weeks? I am in the middle of finding out. I am fortunate enough to have a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Each year they offer their fellows the opportunity to apply for a Graduate Research Opportunity Worldwide (GROW). This year I applied to travel to Australia for the summer to conduct research at the University of Newcastle. Unfortunately, it is a slow process as many countries are involved in the application process. So I had written off being accepted until they called me two weeks ago to tell me otherwise.

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How to Find a Program in Informal Science Education…

When I decided I wanted to become a marine biologist, finding a university was easy. UNCW was one of the top programs in the country and when I visited it, I fell in love. When I decided I wanted to be an aquarium educator, finding a program became a lot more difficult. Lucky for you, I’m here to help.

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Why You Need to Backup Your Computer

I recently upgraded my my storage size for iCloud so my computer would automatically backup my all of my files. Last Wednesday, I was very excited I made that decision. I visited a friend while we were in San Antonio and her dog accidentally nosed a glass of water onto my computer. It was immediately lights out. I followed this helpful post on what to do if water gets in your computer. We made a setup using a dog kennel rather than a milk carton but it seemed pretty similar. However, I was sure my computer was done for. This is my excuse for not posting last week. The experience reminded me why it is so important to protect your computer.

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The Importance of Outreach to Support Your Research

Outreach is an important part of research in order to engage the public in your work. It can take many forms depending on what your research looks like. Our research lab engages in several different types of outreach with a variety of types of audiences. Today we hosted our annual NanoDays Event. My advisor started this event based on her research many years ago and has now become a nationwide event. Read more “The Importance of Outreach to Support Your Research”


My five top resources for graduate students

Why are we doing a listacle about resources? This week has been super busy between a conference in LA last weekend, preparing for post-interviews, NanoDays next week, and our STEM Education Research Symposium last night.

So I’m a little behind on a blog post for this week. I wanted to write something on the differences between practitioner and research conferences but that may come next week when I have some more time to organize my thoughts. So for this week, I decided to share the top resources I found during my first year of my PhD.

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About ME

Welcome to My Blog

I want to welcome you to my blog. This feels like the first day of class when the professor asks everyone to stand up, say your name, your program, your year, and something interesting about yourself. How do you decide? Do you stick with the easy stuff like “Hi, I’m Megan. I’m in my second year in the STEM Education Doctoral Program. I’m from Indiana, I have two sisters, and a cat”? Or do you get a little more interesting and tell everyone “Hi, I’m Megan. I’m in my second year in the STEM Education Doctoral Program. Last year I got to swim with a whale shark”?


Either way it goes, by the time your turn is over and you’re half way around the room you think of a really cool story you wish you had told. That’s sort of how I feel writing this first blog post. However, the great thing here, as opposed to class, is that I get to tell as many stories I want.

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