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.
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.
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”