Kaleb Maraccini

Departure Date:
05/30/2016
Return Date:
08/30/2016
Local Institution:
UW-Milwaukee
Local Advisor:
David Kaplan, Xavier Siemens
Foreign Institution:
CSIRO
Foreign Advisor:
Ryan Shannon, George Hobbs
Student Status:
Undergraduate
  • Q.What country were you staying in? Australia
  • Q.Where were you doing research? CSIRO Marsfield
  • Q.How long were you there? two months
  • Q.What sort of research were you doing? I was investigating the effect outliers in pulsar timing data sets have on Tempo2’s fitting algorithms. We tested both the standard and robust least-squares algorithms.
  • Q.Did being abroad influence the kind of research you’re doing? Being abroad for the first time made me much more open to the idea of attending graduate school outside of the US.
  • Q.What’s the coolest thing about being abroad? The most striking thing about being abroad was definitely the flora and fauna. There was a bush preserve a short five minute walk from where I was staying, and I’ve never experienced anything like it.
  • Q.What’s your favorite new phrase from the language? Cheers mate!
  • Q.What’s the hardest thing about being abroad? It’s very hard to find good Mexican food in Australia.
  • Q.What did you do in your free time? On the weekends I would take the metro downtown and just walk all over town. Sydney is a very beautiful town with a lot of interesting and distinct neighborhoods.
  • Q.What’s the coolest thing you’ve done or seen while abroad? I got to spend a week outside of Perth in the outback and saw a lot of kangaroos and emu.
  • Q.What’s the weirdest thing you’ve done or seen while abroad? Toilet frogs.
  • Q.What advice would you offer others thinking of going abroad? Try to do some reading on the local customs, but don’t worry about it to much. Just make sure you know how to order a cup of coffee before you get there! Also, don’t be afraid of getting lost. The best food I’ve ever had was at restaurants I didn’t know existed in neighborhoods I’d never heard of.
  • Q.What skills have you learned abroad? Making espresso, and navigating train stations.
  • Q.Is there anything you’d do differently or anything you wish you’d have known? I wish I had planned ahead and taken a trip to the blue mountains.

Credit: Gregory Rowbotham - ICRAR

Credit: Gregory Rowbotham - ICRAR

Credit: Gregory Rowbotham - ICRAR

Credit: Gregory Rowbotham - ICRAR