Megan Jones

Departure Date:
May 26 2015
Return Date:
Aug. 01 2015
Local Institution:
West Virginia University
Local Advisor:
Maura McLaughlin
Foreign Institution:
Foreign Advisor:
Ryan Shannon & George Hobbs
Student Status:
  • Q. What country were you staying in?
  • Q. What university were you attending/doing research at? was doing research at CSIRO facility in Marsfield, just outside of Sydney.
  • Q. How long were you there? 9 weeks.
  • Q. What sort of research were you doing? compared DM variations using a variety of fitting methods for several pulsars in the first IPTA data release.
  • Q. Did being abroad influence the kind of research you’re doing? did, I got a lot of good ideas from my collaborators at CSIRO and had lots of very productive and useful discussions.
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing about being abroad? think the coolest thing was the wild cockatoos flying around everywhere.
  • Q. What’s your favorite new phrase from the language? Australians call McDonald’s “Maccas”.
  • Q. What’s the hardest thing about being abroad? The hardest thing was having a 14 hour time change between my family and me, so coordinating times to talk was difficult. Overnight observation sessions became a handy time to skype.
  • Q. What did you do in your free time? went into Sydney most weekends and hung out near the harbor. There were great restaurants, an open market, museums, and a heck of a view.
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad? pet a bunch of baby kangaroos.
  • Q. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad? was chased by a magpie; they are tiny but fearsome.
  • Q. What advice would you offer others going abroad? would say don’t be afraid to be adventurous— I was wary of going anywhere on my own, but people were friendly and there were a lot of very cool things in the area to do.
  • Q. What skills have you learned abroad? can eat Vegemite properly.
  • Q. Is there anything you’d do differently or anything you wish you’d have known? wish I would have travelled around a little more, it’s important to get a lot of work done but part of studying abroad is experiencing another country and seeing the sights.