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Scholar Highlights Week Ending June 15, 2018

August 7, 2018

Tiana Richards

Since arriving, I have been able to meet and spend time with the rest of my cohort for the duration of this program. All ten of us share many similarities and differences. Coming into this program, I thought I would be the only non-public health major but I quickly realized that despite one’s major we are all here for similar reasons. As a group, this is all of our first time in Thailand so we are experiencing, for the most part, everything together. For example, no one in the group speaks or understand Thai so the language barrier has been quite difficult. This week we started our intensive Thai language class, which has helped us to take steps to overcome the language barrier.

 

Scholar Highlights Week Ending June 8, 2018

August 7, 2018

Tiana Richards

In preparation to travel to Thailand, I was constantly researching the culture so that I would be prepared when I arrived. As soon as I got off the plane in Khon Kaen, I realized that it was not entirely what I prepared myself for. The information that I researched was helpful, but what I quickly realized that it’s not the same as experiencing the culture firsthand. I landed yesterday, Wednesday, June 6th, so I have not experienced much. So far everyone that I have met here is extremely nice and welcoming. This friendliness is helping me to adjust to my new living arrangements and life for the next two months.

Temple in Thailand

Kiana Jean-Baptiste

Today is my last full day in Barbados. The feeling is bittersweet; while I am excited to go back home, I am slightly sad to leave the place that has been my home for the last month. Being in Barbados has been an even better experience than what I expected. During this week, I was able to enjoy several last excursions, including exploring Bridgetown and going on a boat ride.

Kiana and statue on the beach

In this final week, I’ve noticed how much more positive my interactions with locals are now. After my first grocery trip on our first day, I felt stressed and confused because I didn’t know how to approach anything and was looked at differently for not being Bajan. Now, I am able to comfortably maneuver this space, whether it be by buying products, visiting different places or simply having a conversation. In addition, I’ve been able to form good relationships with all of the students on the trip with me.

Scholar Highlights Week Ending June 1, 2018

August 7, 2018

Kiana Jean-Baptiste

Today, we visited Harrison’s Cave, a tourist site that I was particularly interested in seeing. We took a tram ride inside the cave and were able to see how it was naturally formed, as well as the difficult passage that explorers had to maneuver to discover it.

Kiana in a cave

This was definitely one of my favorite excursions as I have never been in a cave so far below ground. Although we did visit Animal Flower Cave a few weeks ago, Harrison’s Cave was much larger and more attractive.

Kiana with Flowers

Scholar Highlights Week Ending May 25, 2018

August 7, 2018

Kiana Jean-Baptiste

Being in Barbados is pushing me to learn about myself.  Studying abroad has been a goal of mine for years yet I have allowed doubt and hesitation to stop me from doing so until now. Now that I am here, I realize that I enjoy traveling and would like to do so regularly once I have left Barbados. In addition, I am beginning to think that living in the Caribbean for an extended time is something that I may want to experience in the future.

Kiana with Flag

I had four days of data collection this week. I’ve learned that there are some days where the monkeys simply will not show up despite our efforts. On the 23rd, we tried to collect data but unfortunately no monkeys were present on the Grenade Hall side. We’ve been visiting the reserve in the afternoon to accommodate our peer who must collect her data on the Reserve side at 2pm. However, coming at an earlier time might help us get better data.

Scholar Highlights Week Ending May 18, 2018

August 7, 2018

Kiana Jean-Baptiste

Our first visit to the reserve was the day after we arrived in Barbados. I was excited to see where I will be conducting research for the next month. Since it was our first trip, we were able to see both the Grenade Hall side and the Reserve side. Being that I love animals, I enjoyed being around so many at once.Kiana and MonkeyI don’t think I fully understood how close they would be to us prior to coming. I expected some of them to be rather shy but most weren’t, especially the ones on the Grenade Hall side. We noticed that several of the monkeys have babies and have started to identify them based on the guide from past years. Since I’m going to be looking at infant social behavior in relation to maternal rank, I am relieved to know that I’ll have a decent sample size. For this week, we’ve only done trial observations so we can get used to the animals and how to observe them.

Scholar Highlights Week Ending May 19, 2017

May 25, 2017

KaiYanna Washington

My first week in Barbados has been a very eventful one filled with excitement curiosity.  I have gained many cultural, social, and scientific experiences in the past few days.

K. Washington and the green monkey

For my research I collect vocalizations in which I practiced listening and analyzing the vocalizations made. Observations from this day allowed me to modify my ethogram which now consist of sounds such as: chuttering, cooing, grunting, screaming, keeking, and lip smacking. These sounds listed are the common sounds that green monkeys make in which we have learned about in our daily readings and PowerPoints. After, the reserve we visited Animal Flower Cave. This cave was naturally formed by the sea and has a natural pool that tourist can swim in. I in particular did not enjoy the cave because you have to be cautious when walking because it is very slippery.

Barbados Cave.summer 2017

Scholar Highlights Week Ending July 29, 2016

August 2, 2016

Natasha Spence

This week is my last week in Glasgow Scotland. The feeling is very bitter sweet. I am really excited to go home but I am really going to miss it here. This week was very stressful because this was the week when our final projects were due. I had to present my research Wednesday 27th which was my birthday. That day we listened to presentations from 9:30 all the way to 4:00pm. I was really nervous to present my project but everything turned out well. My research was basically on Viruses and Bacteria in Freshwater environments. I was able to find many pathogenic bacteria in the water sources in Scotland. They were found In The River Kelvin, Loch Ness, Kelvin Grove fountain and Jenny Pond. One of the bacteria’s that I found in the Kelvin River that was interesting was Chromobacterium violaceum. It is a gram-negative rod that is found in the soil and water of subtropical areas. What makes this bacterium interesting is that it produces a natural antibiotic known as violacein. Violacein may be useful for treatments of the Colon and also other types of Cancer.

Spence.Cathedral

Overall, I had an amazing experience here in Glasgow. I feel that I have grown in so many ways and learned so much. I have become more independent compared to when I am at home. Here I am responsible for everything I do. I had to cook, clean, and find transportation for myself. I hope that when I go home, I can keep this independent lifestyle up. I am truly blessed to be able to travel out the country. I know that everyone is not as blessed to have this opportunity.