Brown International Scholars Program 2011

The Brown International Scholars Program (BISP) provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to make international studies an integral part of their 136 2010 BISP fellow Samura Atallah in SwedenBrown curriculum through independently-designed research projects. Each year, a group of up to twenty International Scholars receive awards to pursue scholarly interests over the summer months, under the auspices of Brown's Office of International Affairs and the Swearer Center for Public Service. Upon returning to Brown, Fellows meet regularly to reflect upon their experiences and the public value of their work.

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    Urmila Chadayammuri | October 28th, 2012
    After the last post, writing up and publishing the Physics paper took most of my time, with the remainder captured in the three minutes above. Here's a long overdue, compact summary of the wonderful summer as a BISP fellow. Thanks are due to...
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    Marie Att | August 8th, 2011
  • Chishio Furukawa | August 8th, 2011
    What do stars look like? You would probably answer, “☆.” If you said so, go look at the sky at night: the true shape of stars is more like “○” with some rays of shine surrounding them. Everyone thinks “☆” is the shape of stars, yet no stars in the...
  • Chishio Furukawa | August 8th, 2011
    My summer research is quest of a story behind a curve. In the class “Environmental Issues in Development Economics” in spring ‘11, I learned use of statistics and econometrics for providing evidence in socio-economic issues. In the final research...
  • Stephanie Saldarr... | August 7th, 2011
    Classes have started up again at the University of the Andes. The atmosphere of the campus is - as to be expected - completely different when it's teeming with students back from vacaton. However, I did not expect this lively of an environment -...
  • Chishio Furukawa | August 7th, 2011
    “What amazes me is that those children on the streets are going to schools barefooted.” Across the car window, under the green and red uniforms illuminated by sunrise, I found a number of thin, black feet touching the ground unprotected. “Some...
  • Stephanie Saldarr... | August 1st, 2011
    So, because the faculty at the University of the Andes was technically supposed to be on summer vacation during these past months (June and July), they had recommended that I, like everyone else, take a couple of weeks to myself. Particularly the...
  • Stephanie Saldarr... | August 1st, 2011
    Wow...so sorry it has taken me this long to write, but I've been super busy - in a good way! For your sake, I will not attempt to retrace my steps over the past month, but I do believe some good highlights are in order. :) Since my last entry, I've...
  • Leland Lazarus | July 27th, 2011
    As I walked down the only paved road on the country side not far from the school I taught at last year, I noticed a small mini-mart called La Fortuna.  It is easy to miss because unlike other stores that almost protrude out onto the road to...
  • Cos Tollerson | July 26th, 2011
    Last Saturday morning, after a month and a half of research in Rio, I left the coastal city for a week-long stay in São Paulo. The reasons for my trip were numerous: to attend some lectures at the National History Association’s annual symposium at...
  • Leland Lazarus | July 25th, 2011
    For the next few days, I'm going to catch up on what has been happening in the past few weeks. Since my last entry, I have been fortunate enough to interview very illustrious members of the Chinese-Panamanian community, including Sr. Fermin Tomas...
  • Leland Lazarus | July 6th, 2011
    On Thursday, I had an interview with Sr. Jose Chong Hon, a business man to the fullest, chairman of 3 companies and a very important figure in the Chinese-Panamanian community.  We met at the Centro Cultural Chino Panameno.  He was an old...
  • Urmila Chadayammuri | July 5th, 2011
    When I hear the words “It was all very sudden,” I expect a story either of natural disasters or weddings. Instead, these are the only words that describe the sudden progress my work has made. Just yesterday I’d whined to my friend about the inertia...
  • Leland Lazarus | July 5th, 2011
    "La relacion entre China, Taiwan y Panama consiste en la conveniencia", said Leung On Chu, chief editor of the Chinese-Panamanian Newspaper.  Sr. Juan Tam had introduced me to Sr. On Chu earlier in the week, and he had been skeptical of my...
  • Leland Lazarus | July 4th, 2011
    When I returned to my apartment, I gave Juan Tam a call to tell him about my two interviews.  "Hold on, I'll pick you.  You're going to meet someone special."  We arrived at a local Friday's restaurant and there, we were greeted by a...
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    Urmila Chadayammuri | July 2nd, 2011
    Amazing, isn't it? My friend and I were on the Starii (Old) Arbat when we saw these traditional musicians on the street. I have never seen or heard of anything like it, and I still can't figure out the name of the instrument. So if you know...
  • Leland Lazarus | June 30th, 2011
    Sr. Lin led me into the office of Communications in the Taiwanese Embassy and Sr. Chiu greeted me.  This interview was about cultural diffusion from Taiwan to Panama.  He mentioned how Taiwan hosts annual events demonstrating Taiwanese...
  • Leland Lazarus | June 30th, 2011
    On Monday, I had my first interview with a representative of the Taiwanese Embassy in Panama.  Too anxious for the first day, I woke up way too early, dressed way to nice and arrived at the Embassy office a whole hour before the agreed...
  • Urmila Chadayammuri | June 27th, 2011
    I've been in Moscow for a week now, and things have finally settled down sufficiently to allow me to write this post. They couldn't have been more inconvenient over the last fortnight, thanks to a combination of Russia's highly bureaucratic system...
  • Stephanie Saldarr... | June 25th, 2011
    So, Monday was the first day I met the research group at the University of the Andes. Everyone has been great and they are working really hard to make me feel as at home as possible. On the first day, the director of the medical anthropology...
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    Leland Lazarus | June 25th, 2011
    Yesterday, things started heating up.  My main contact here in Panama is a man named Juan Tam.  He is the leading historian of the Chinese Panamanians and Prof. hu-Dehart introduced us both via email.  I had called him the night...
  • Surveying subtidal rock walls
    Natalie Low | June 25th, 2011
    Leslie and I mark our first two weeks in the Galapagos with our return from a five-day research cruise around the central archipelago. We've been working with our faculty mentor Jon Witman, and two research divers from the marine laboratory (BIOMAR...
  • Me with Luis Perez, my host brother from last year
    Leland Lazarus | June 23rd, 2011
    My second day in Panama was one of logistics: running around the city wiht my cousin to buy the essentials for living living on my own.  That night, I finally met up with Luis Perez, my host brother from last year and my roommate for this...
  • Cos Tollerson | June 23rd, 2011
    After my first two weeks of research in Rio it’s weird to think that I only set foot in this city for the first time a little less than a year ago. Looking back, it is strange to remember wandering around the city with no sense of direction, perhaps...
  • Panama City
    Leland Lazarus | June 22nd, 2011
    As I shuffled away from the Baggage Claim conveyor belt and entered the entrance foyer of Tocumen Airport, I felt like I was in vertigo.  After a year of writing, networking, some more writing and even more networking, I finally returned to...
  • Les Invalides
    Catherine Mardula | June 21st, 2011
    This morning, Paris awoke me with church bells instead of the usual construction noises outside my window, as if to say, "Happy two weeks!" Similarly, my one-week survival present from the homeland of gastronomy was a gourmet dinner of Kraft...
  • Stephanie Saldarr... | June 20th, 2011
    So I arrived in Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia, last Wednesday. My roommate Leyda was fortunately able to pick me up from the airport in her father's car. Thus, I very quickly discovered how incredibly chaotic the driving here in the city is....
  • Hard at Work Underwater
    Leslie Howitt | June 18th, 2011
    Natalie and I have just returned from two days of research diving. The water here is beautiful, clear and filled with so much sea life. There are bright orange puffer fish, schools of sturgeons, and even the occasional sea turtle. But the best of...
  • Natalie Low | June 14th, 2011
    Leslie and I have been on Santa Cruz island in the central Galapagos for four days now, and things are going well. We've spent the past few days settling in, doing some on-site research planning and starting to assemble and test some of the...
  • Judy Hwang | June 10th, 2011
    I´m sorry I haven´t been uploading pictures with my blog. I bought the wrong memory cardfor my camera so I am having one of the interns bring down one for me. I really wish I had brought my camera out with me this trip because we passed by soooo...
  • Judy Hwang | June 5th, 2011
    I will have very limited internet access while I am away in the Amazon but I have access to a computer now in Quito so will take full advantage of it. The start of my summer hasn´t been off to a great start but I am rolling with all of the...
  • Urmila Chadayammuri | June 5th, 2011
    I know I'm being funded to spend ten weeks this summer at an Astrophysics Institute in Moscow and write about it, but I'm here, at home, before I proceed to do that. And this is a summer of study, so I've somehow found myself observing so much about...
  • the "lab" at the Azores University
    Kassandra Costa | June 2nd, 2011
    With the help of Professor Joao Carlos Nunes and Marta Bettencourt we were able to sample Sao Jorge a week faster than planned. With the extra time, I decided to go to Sao Miguel island and to start processing the samples at the University there. I...
  • Faja das Cubres
    Kassandra Costa | May 21st, 2011
    The faja landscape is unique to the Azores, especially to the north side of Sao Jorge island. A small spit of land jutting out of steep coastal cliffs, only a few people if any can live down there. Some of them are so steep that they do not have...
  • Urmila Chadayammuri | May 18th, 2011
    I thought my first valuable experiences regarding my research weren’t to arrive until mid-June. And yet there I was, in my upgraded seat on my flight to London – sitting right next to Suzanne Massie, advisor to Reagan during what she describes as “...
  • Kassandra Costa | May 15th, 2011
    Hello!   My first few days of Field Work in the Azores have gone very well. I arrived last Wednesday along with my research advisor to Ponta Delgada in Sao Miguel. There, we met with a professor from the University of the Azores, Joao Carlos...