BY ADEBOLA ADENIRAN
My journey into international research began in 2010 at the University of Freiburg with a three-month summer internship arranged through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). I returned to school with the desire to work abroad again and applied for a Ful- bright grant during my senior year. The 10-month research grant allowed me to return to Germany after graduation and work at the Institute of Bio- chemistry and Biology at the University of Potsdam. The chance to work and live abroad has been an incredible xperience for me, and look- ing back at this time has led me to develop a few theories as to why it was so amazing. Not only does the collaborative nature of science foster The author on a weekend trip to Hohenschwangau in Bavaria, Germany, to see Neuschwanstein Castle.
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far beyond your lab bench your research actually goes. The
techniques and protocols you use may have been developed
halfway around the world. When you read new publications, it’s
not uncommon to see co-authors from institutions on different
continents. Working abroad is your chance to see the fruitful-
ness and functionality of inter-
national collaborations, and
to learn about science culture
and public perception of scien-
tists in other countries.
to work abroad, immers-
ing yourself in the culture and
living with your host family is also an
amazing and unforgettable personal
experience. I hope that you seize an
opportunity so you can test out these theories for yourself.
Find where you fit
Regardless of the specific field, research is an international
endeavor. If you’re involved in research now, consider just how
will see how you can
play a role in the interna-
tional research community. Your
time abroad will introduce you not only
to new colleagues but also to new career pros-
pects that you may not have considered, or weren’t
even aware existed.