Logan Shambergeri

Departure Date:
Jun. 02 2014
Return Date:
Jul. 30 2014
Local Institution:
West Virginia University
Local Advisor:
Maura McLaughlin
Foreign Institution:
Cardiff University
Foreign Advisor:
Francesco Pannarale
Student Status:
  • Q. What country were you staying in? Cardiff, Wales
  • Q. What university were you attending/doing research at? Cardiff University Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Q. How long were you there? months
  • Q. What sort of research were you doing? worked on a model of black hole neutron star systems that evolves the pieces of the neutron star as particles moving on a Kerr spacetime while emitting quadrupolar gravitational radiation. This is an approximation to a full numerical relativity approach of studying these systems.
  • Q. Did being abroad influence the kind of research you’re doing? Yes it did. The group at Cardiff is a very passionate group who definitely opened my eyes to the number of open problems in gravitational wave physics. I gained a deeper appreciation for how what I was working on fit into our current body of knowledge.
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing about being abroad? There were too many things to count. It was a World Cup year, so everyone was extremely excited about how that was proceeding. But on a geeky note, Doctor Who filmed just down the street from my office, so that was pretty cool.
  • Q. What’s your favorite new phrase from the language? “You ok?”
  • Q. What’s the hardest thing about being abroad? did get a bit lonely at times and the fact that air conditioning was basically nonexistent made things interesting.
  • Q. What did you do in your free time? got to explore Cardiff and surrounding areas, watched the world cup with friends where we could, and spent a lot of time taking walks and runs in the park. The Welsh countryside definitely reminded me a lot of home.
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad? Somewhere between hiking 10 km in the Welsh countryside to a castle in the middle of nowhere and exploring London with my fiance (now wife).
  • Q. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad? Eating black pudding. I would never have guessed it was congealed blood until the waitress told me.
  • Q. What advice would you offer others going abroad? Listen to people. Not just for the cool international perspective on things, but for the simple things like where to shop, what to see, what pubs not to go to and the like.
  • Q. What skills have you learned abroad? learned how to adapt to unique living circumstances, how to convert between pounds and dollars on the fly, and how to ask questions and do science with a new group of people.
  • Q. Is there anything you’d do differently or anything you wish you’d have known? would have packed an umbrella.