Adam Kawash

Departure Date:
May 23 2015
Return Date:
Aug. 10 2015
Local Institution:
West Virginia University
Local Advisor:
Maura McLaughlin
Foreign Institution:
CSIRO
Foreign Advisor:
Ryan Shannon & George Hobbs
Student Status:
Undergraduate
  • Q. What country were you staying in? Australia
  • Q. What university were you attending/doing research at? Australia Telescope National Facility
  • Q. How long were you there? About 3 months
  • Q. What sort of research were you doing? Studying hydrogen absorption and emission along the lines of sight of millisecond pulsars
  • Q. Did being abroad influence the kind of research you’re doing? Yes
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing about being abroad? Getting to live and explore a country that is different from your own.
  • Q. What’s your favorite new phrase from the language? saying “heaps” when you want to say “ a lot”, “how ya going” instead of “how are you” , “cheers” instead of “thank you” , and “no worries” instead of “you’re welcome”
  • Q. What’s the hardest thing about being abroad? Meeting people to do tourist thing with.
  • Q. What did you do in your free time? Surfed, went to museums, walked along the beaches, explored various areas of Sydney.
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad? Surfing was really cool.
  • Q. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad? The birds were way louder than I am used to.
  • Q. What advice would you offer others going abroad? Get out and explore, and don’t be afraid to strike up conversations with strangers.
  • Q. What skills have you learned abroad? got much better at Linux and programming in general
  • Q. Is there anything you’d do differently or anything you wish you’d have known? wish I would’ve lived in a more happening part of town, and wish I would’ve been more outgoing.