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Everyone Has Different Experiences

By Meredith Theus In applying for, preparing for, and completing my LOREX exchange at the University of Montreal, I had many expectations of what it would be like to be a visiting research student at a new university in a new place with a new language and a new culture (both in and out of the lab). Now that I have finished my exchange and have begun reflecting on the […]

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So Things Can Go Wrong…But That Is Okay!

By Meredith Theus There are many great opportunities and experiences that occur with a research exchange. It’s an opportunity to learn new research techniques, meet other scientists, interact with a different lab group, and experience a new place. At the University of Montreal, I have been learning how to process and analyze dissolved organic matter, working closely with a graduate student in the host lab, the Lapierre Lab. I have

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Honorary terrestrial ecologist?

By Danny Szydlowski “You’re a PARAFAC master!” declared Mahmud Hassan, the research technician who was teaching me how to measure and analyze the quality of dissolved organic matter. I grinned back at him. It was nearing the end of my time in Montréal, and I had finished nearly everything I had planned to do in Canada. I learned PARAFAC, a way to identify the types of compounds making up organic

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Melting the Ice: Uncovering the Benefits of International Collaboration

Read the LOREX Blog By Emily Martin Stepping out of the Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) on April 3rd, I wished I had packed another warm coat. Accustomed to southern California weather, I had forgotten what “cold” and “winter” actually felt like- uncomfortable and disagreeable. Two days after my arrival, Montreal was hit with a freezing rain and ice storm, called the “Montreal Ice Storm of 2023.” This storm

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Summer in the city

Read the LOREX Blog By Danny Szydlowski The Northwoods of Wisconsin. I was in for quite the change when I switched to summer city life for the first time in the last seven years. For the past seven years, from my undergrad to my master’s to my PhD, my summers have followed the same ritual. Come May, I pack up my things, hop in my car, and leave urban life

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Memorable Moments in Montreal 

Read the LOREX Blog By Emily Martin Living in Montreal for the ASLO LOREX Program has been a whirlwind experience, with every day bringing something new to learn/explore. Below I have described some of the most memorable moments of my trip: exploring the city as a tourist, navigating language differences, and beginning my research project at UQAM. Being a Tourist in the City Old Montreal is full of striking architecture;

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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 as planned. My name is Emily Martin, and I am

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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 my LOREX trip. (I’m sure

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