Andrew Seymour

Departure Date:
Jun. 15 2014
Return Date:
Aug. 15 2014
Local Institution:
West Virginia University
Local Advisor:
Maura McLaughlin
Foreign Institution:
Seoul National University South Korea
Foreign Advisor:
Chung-lee Kim
Student Status:
  • Q. What country were you staying in? South Korea
  • Q. What university were you attending/doing research at? Seoul National University
  • Q. How long were you there? Two Months
  • Q. What sort of research were you doing? While there we successfully adapted a Giga-Hertz array system known as the KVN to use existing pulsar analysis software.
  • Q. Did being abroad influence the kind of research you’re doing? Well, the KVN is unique and had its own interesting challenges, but scientific interest in pulsar astronomy appears to be universal.
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing about being abroad? Meeting new people, trying new food, and seeing how others interpret your own country and customs.
  • Q. What’s your favorite new phrase from the language? Geonbae!”
  • Q. What’s the hardest thing about being abroad? Trying to tell taxis where to go
  • Q. What did you do in your free time? Seoul University is tucked right in the mountains. This made it easy to go on short day hikes. Along with this, the Seoul Zoo, the largest zoo I have ever seen, was only a short subway ride away. Most of the down time was spent just exploring our unique surroundings.
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad? While in Korea, I had a cousin who was also there for business. It was cool to meet up with someone you knew from half-way around the world.
  • Q. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad? Eating live octopus is up there.
  • Q. What advice would you offer others going abroad? Try to make the most of it. Go out and explore the city or town that you are in. Don’t let your room suck you in. Get out of your comfort zone and try to order and buy things yourself.
  • Q. What skills have you learned abroad? learn a great deal about array systems and the software that is need to run them.
  • Q. Is there anything you’d do differently or anything you wish you’d have known? wish I knew more of the language. It would have made things easier but not as exciting.