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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.

Prepared to be Unprepared

Read the LOREX Blog By Emily Martin With a packed suitcase, my passport, a checklist of top things to do in Montreal, and an Uber ride scheduled for 4:45 am to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), I had set my alarm to wake up early for my rapidly-approaching adventure, an extra cushion of time in case something didn't go ...

Congratulations to the new LOREX students!

Read the LOREX Blog ASLO is pleased to announce the third cohort of the Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange (LOREX) program! This NSF-funded graduate student program (Award #1831075) was initiated to further connect our members through international research collaboration and provide graduate students with experience leading an international collaboration. The 11 students in the third cohort will conduct research exchanges in 7 ...

Road Trip

By Carrie Ann Sheritt Since I knew I would be travelling to my LOREX site by car, I had my car serviced in preparation for my trip. New tires ✓New battery ✓New windshield wipers ✓Air filter ✓Alignment ✓Brake ✓ On Friday, July 8th, I finished running tons of last-minute errands to ensure that I had everything I would need during ...

Planes, trains and automobiles (and buses and a Lime E-scooter)

By Jemma Fadum For those of you who haven't yet had the privilege of watching the 1987 classic Planes, Trains and Automobiles, I'll start with a brief synopsis… Uptight, type A Neal Page (Steve Martin) is flying home from a business trip in New York when his travel plans are interrupted by a freak snowstorm. In his quest to get ...

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 ...
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