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The ASLO LOREX program fosters international research collaborations through professional development training open to all ASLO student members. It provides competitive paid research exchanges opportunities for graduate students. This program is supported by NSF grant #1831075, 2019-2021. Professional development training occurs through webinars, web resources, and conference workshops. The research exchanges allow US-based graduate students to travel to one of seven international host institutions to conduct collaborative research in aquatic science. LOREX participants regularly blog about their experiences and lessons learned.

Settling in: In the lab and community abroad

By Catherine Nowakowski My sophomore year of undergrad was both the first time I boarded a plane and the first time I left the country (and really just New England). My parents dropped me off a bus station and said good luck. From there it was the sheer ignorance of not knowing what I was doing that got me to ...

Summertime field work in the Scandinavian mountains

By Phoenix Rogers The opportunity LOREX provided to spend the summer in Sweden working in a brand-new environment with a team of collaborators was an incredible experience. A big thanks goes out to everyone who helped make this trip possible. Now that I've returned from Sweden, I would like to share some stories about the challenges our team and I ...

Trials & Tribulations of International Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Phoenix Rogers Around this time two years ago I first heard about the opportunity presented by LOREX to travel abroad and collaborate on an international research project. I was at the 2019 Society for Freshwater Science annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah sharing my research ideas, connecting with colleagues, and learning more about the work being done in ...

Hope for Online Collaborations!

This last year has not been the best. If anything, that’s a total understatement. But at least it may have been the best time to start a program like LOREX with ASLO. Because the program is aimed at cultivating and developing international collaborations, LOREX was like having a cheat introduction on how to move your research online. Just before the ...

Introducing the Handbook for International Research Collaborations

By Eilea Knotts  ASLO recently began the LOREX program (an NSF-funded initiative, award #1831075, 2019-2021) where ~30 students can be selected to undergo professional development training and participate in a self-led international collaboration. I was a member of the 1st cohort in 2019.   After the summer collaboration, I thought that it might be the end of my training. I checked off the boxes - completed the workshops (check), attended the conferences (check), and shared ...

Surviving COVID-19 during the LOREX Program

By Angelique Rosa-Marín and Keiko Wilkins The Beginning… Our last week in Lismore started off like any other. We had planned to finish up everything we needed to do in the lab, pack, and say goodbye to everyone who had helped us over the past two months. Monday and Tuesday of the week went as planned for us. However, the ...

How I survived the COVID-19 situation

By Emmi Kurosawa I had been working on my research in the Centre for Coastal Biogeography (CCB), Southern Cross University, Lismore (SCU or Uni), NSW, in Australia through the LOREX program since Jan 22, 2020, with my cohort companions, Keiko, Angelique, and Rachel. As it got towards the end of our internship, the COVID-19 pandemic became much more serious than ...

Balancing International Research

By Angelique Rosa-Marín I learned through all my LOREX experiences that you can make anything happen if you commit to yourself. Demanding, inconvenient, and odd positions made me maximize and explode myself to the point that I discovered a new part of me. I am a planning and organized person; sometimes, a control freak, not going to lie. I plan ...

Unexpected Collaborations in Unexpected Places

By Angelique Rosa-Marin & Keiko Wilkins Their collaboration was an excellent example of networking and using their resources. Everything started with the usual getting-to-know-you questions, “What is your LOREX research project?, What are you going to be doing?” Who would have known that this would be the start of their great story? They talked about both of their LOREX projects, ...

A year gone by – LOREX forever

By Eilea Knotts I attended the 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Diego, California this past week. This conference puts me at a year (and a little bit) with the LOREX program. Time does fly by when you are having fun. It all began in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the 2019 Aquatic Sciences Meeting. Here, I met 24 other ...
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