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  • Student Blog Update: Week One - A Report from Under the Equator

    August 28, 2015

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    Lara Millman

    UW student Lara Millman is currently in Brisbane, Australia with the OMA&D-affiliated exploration seminar studying how autonomous robotic systems can be used for biological monitoring purposes.

  • Student Blog Update: Australia Wrap-Up

    August 1, 2013

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    Downtown Sydney at night

    by Haneen Al-Hassani It’s been a marvelous trip and I’m sad to see it at an end. We finished our research and presented our work to all the wonderful folks who helped and encouraged us along. It was an experience of a lifetime and definitely am very happy to have done it. We headed out…

  • Student Blog Update: The Great Barrier Reef

    August 1, 2013

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    Under water

    by Haneen Al-Hassani What should I say about the Great Barrier Reef…IT WAS AWESOME! We all ended up snorkeling…I was a bit chicken so I stayed back but everyone loved it and it was so fun watching the group float on that water. I remember the last group saying the weather wasn’t all that great…

  • Student Blog Update: Barbados Wrap-Up

    July 22, 2013

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    by Riley Taitingfong Today, most of the students from the Barbados program headed back to Washington. We bid adieu as a few of us are spending some extra time here. The end of the program was filled with memorable experiences and even a few surprises! Memories of Barbados We had an underground tram tour of…

  • Student Blog Update: Research in Moreton Bay

    July 12, 2013

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    Boat going in

    by Haneen Al-Hassani The day dawned and we packed, got in the cars and went down to Moreton Bay. The view from the ferry was beautiful. We got to Moreton Bay Research Center and dropped our bags and the groups got ready to set out and gather data. I actually felt like a bona fide…

  • Student Blog Update: Busy Week in Brisbane

    July 12, 2013

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    Virtual Aquarium

    by Haneen Al-Hassani Hey guys! It’s been one busy week! We went to visit the aboriginal museum and learned quite a bit of Australian history. The aboriginals are the natives of Australia and were treated unfairly for quite some time. They’ve only recently gained rights – around the mid to late 1900s. It was just…

  • Student Blog Update: Connecting with Barbados

    July 6, 2013

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    Professor Pedro Welch

    by Riley Taitingfong It’s hard to believe that two weeks of the program have already gone by! We are getting familiar with the island-luckily for my poor sense of direction, it is only 20 miles long by 14 miles wide. As one saying goes, “Barbados is 20 miles long and a smile wide.” We have…

  • Student Blog Update: Money Conflicts

    July 5, 2013

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    Australian $20 bill

    by Luis Gonzales Australian $50 bill Money—an aspect of life that affects people no matter where they may end up, anywhere across the world. When I first arrived at the airport in Brisbane, Australia the lobby was full of different ATM’s and currency exchange locations ready to charge a hefty fee in order to change…

  • Student Blog Update: Culture Shock

    June 29, 2013

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    Brisbane, The River City

    by Luis Gonzales Australia—the mission to make it to this amazing continent was extremely long and exhausting. After spending about seven total hours in airports waiting for my flights and about 16 hours in the air I finally made it to my destination Brisbane, Australia. At first it seems both our cultures are very similar,…

  • Student Blog Update: Meet Australia Blogger Luis Gonzales

    June 28, 2013

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    Luis Gonzales

    by Luis Gonzales Hello everyone, my name is Luis Gonzales and I just completed my freshman year here at the University of Washington. I am pursuing a degree in either Civil or Mechanical Engineering and have found an amazing opportunity to gain more experience in engineering—an Australian Study Abroad! Through LSAMP — Louis Stokes Alliance…

  • Student Blog Update: Getting Settled in Barbados

    June 27, 2013

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    Barbados Bound!

    by Riley Taitingfong Barbados Bound! We arrived safe and sound at the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill on Monday. A combination of jet lag, heat, and genuine awe had me in a lingering dream-state… From our first swim in the Caribbean sea, to watching a breathtaking sunrise from our dorm rooms, those…

  • Student Blog Update: Arriving in Australia

    June 26, 2013

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    Haneen Al-Hassain Arrives to Australia

    by Haneen Al-Hassani Hey Readers! Hopefully I end up being your guys’ favorite blogger. I’m part of an amazing group going to Australia with me. I was pretty excited to go to Brisbane for my Study Abroad and afterwards we’ll be spending two days in Sydney. So exciting! So the plan here is we will…

  • Student Blog Update: Meet Barbados Blogger Patrick Okocha

    June 25, 2013

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    by Patrick Okocha Hello everyone, my name is Patrick Okocha and I am a senior at the University of Washington double-majoring in English Literature and Communications. I was born here in Seattle but relocated to Sacramento, CA in 2004 when I was in the eighth-grade. I graduated from Laguna Creek High School in Elk Grove,…

  • Student Blog Update: Meet Barbados Blogger Riley Taitingfong

    June 14, 2013

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    Riley Taitingfong Head Shot

    by Riley Taitingfong Hello, my name is Riley Taitingfong. As the spring quarter draws to a close, I can now say that I am a senior! I was born abroad but I have lived in Washington for the majority of my life. I graduated from Marysville-Pilchuck High School in 2010 and came to the University…

  • Tahiti Week 4: Coconut Day, Last Hike and Surf Competition!

    September 4, 2012

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    Group picture at the waterfall!

    by Veronica Sedano (written on August 19) Our last week in Tahiti consisted of variety of activities. We dedicated a whole day to learning about coconuts. Coconuts are used in every way possible here, they are used to start a fire, to eat, for body/hair products, you name it. Listening to the history of the…

  • Tahiti Week 3: WATERRRR!

    September 4, 2012

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    The cave!

    by Veronica Sedano (written on August 12) Week three was a bit more relaxed. We spent the majority of our time out in the water. We started off at a cave by the name of Grotte De Maraa. The cave’s arched ceiling creates and optical illusion that makes the cave look smaller than what it…

  • Tahiti Week 2: Dance, Dance History and Tattoos

    September 4, 2012

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    Museum Costume Collection

    by Veronica Sedano (written on August 5) Week two started off with practice from the time we woke up to the time we had dinner. Our dance practices were for two full days, Monday and Tuesday. One of the crew members, Falea, is very involved in Tahitian dancing and volunteered to teach us. We learned…

  • Saying Good-bye to Ghana

    August 23, 2012

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    glass before it's melted

    by Kamaria Carnes After a quick walking tour through the village we headed over to another nearby village to learn how they recycle material to make beads. There are actually many different ways to make them. Some methods include crushing the glass with stone into a fine powder and mixing different consistencies of glass. The…

  • Ghanaian Dance Performance

    August 22, 2012

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    University of Washington

    by Kamaria Carnes Here is a glimpse at Tiffany Armijo, Gladys Reyes and Avalon Valencia performing their final project for the study abroad trip to Ghana: Back to the Blog

  • Final Projects

    August 17, 2012

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    performing for final project

    by Kamaria Carnes Today we presented our final projects and everyone’s work was amazing! We had a variation of presentations including spoken word, dance, videos, studies, food and musical performances that all embodied our experiences here with the people and the culture in Ghana. Fardowsa, Aminita and Kafiya prepared a meal for their final Gladys,…

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