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Postcard from the Field: Budapest

View of the Blue Danube.

View of the Blue Danube.

My project took me to Budapest, Hungary where I researched the conflicting notions of identity and nationhood present in Hungarian literature. I spent the majority of my time brushing up on my Hungarian language skills and sifting through authors' personal diaries, letters & memorabilia in the National Library and antique bookstores. My trip was funded by the Rackham Summer Research Award.

- McKenna Marko, Master's Student, Slavic Languages and Literatures

Exploring the Atomic City

Just when you’re about to lose attention from your project in the utter significance of the atomic city - Los Alamos, NM - or the stunning beauty of the tent rock canyon, the excitement of working with top researchers in the field of materials physics reels you back. As my summer at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) comes to an all too fast close, I cannot help but reflect on not only how much my project has grown, but also my ability as a researcher. Asking better questions, becoming independent in my work and thinking, and learning how to seek the right people with the right expertise are just a few of the ways this summer has allowed me to grow.

Postcard from the Field: Nicaragua

A view of Masaya Volcano, one of Nicaragua's many active volcanoes.

A view of Masaya Volcano, one of Nicaragua's many active volcanoes.

I am studying the relationship between the upper respiratory tract microbiota and influenza infection. This summer, I worked with the Centro Nacional de Diagnóstico y Referencia at the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health to extract genomic DNA from an ongoing household influenza. My research was funded by the Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant.

- Kyu Han Lee, Doctoral Candidate, Epidemiology