Jonathan Munro

Departure Date:
May 17 2015
Return Date:
Jul. 26 2015
Local Institution:
Franklin & Marshall
Local Advisor:
Andrea Lommen
Foreign Institution:
University of Manchester
Foreign Advisor:
Rene Breton
Student Status:
  • Q. What country were you staying in? England
  • Q. What university were you attending/doing research at? University of Manchester
  • Q. How long were you there? weeks
  • Q. What sort of research were you doing? Astrophysics; The polarized detection of an extragalactic source using MSSS.
  • Q. Did being abroad influence the kind of research you’re doing? Yes, it allowed me to access the resources (people/data/…) to be able to work on my specific project
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing about being abroad? The ease of access to new experiences, being able to travel freely.
  • Q. What’s your favorite new phrase from the language? “Cheers” has been permanently added to my vocabulary.
  • Q. What’s the hardest thing about being abroad? Entering a country without personally knowing anyone in the country.
  • Q. What did you do in your free time? the weekends I would travel Europe, the airfare was cheap compared to coming from the US.
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad? Traveling up into the dish of the Jodrell Banks radio telescope. Going to a concert on the beach in Barcelona with family members.
  • Q. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad? The street performers from Manchester and other places in Europe; Amazing and unusual talent.
  • Q. What advice would you offer others going abroad? open to any experience that is offered to you.
  • Q. What skills have you learned abroad? learned to use multiple programs (LaTeX, imaging software), time management, traveling on my own, map reading.
  • Q. Is there anything you’d do differently or anything you wish you’d have known? would have networked more, and figured out where people were to visit.