Friday, May 8, 2009
My name is Katie Peige and I just finished my junior year at Arizona State University. I am a sustainability major with a concentration in international development. This summer I will be researching at the Institute of Political Science at University of Zürich from the end of May until the end of July. My topic for the summer is international climate change policy, more specifically,
"US opposition to the Clean Development Mechanism - interest groups and arguments". I will be working with Prof Katharina Michaelowa and Axel Michaelowa. I am very excited because I have been asked to be an observer at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Negotiations in Bonn, Germany for the first two weeks of June. Last summer, I interned at Maryland Department of the Environment where I worked with climate change policy at the state level and so I am very excited to learn more about international climate change policy especially before the Climate Change Negotiations that will be held in Copenhagen at the end of this year.
I am ecstatic to return to Switzerland after previously studying in Thurgau as an exchange student my junior year of high school. I can not wait to brush up on my Swiss and High German and reconnect with my host family and friends.
See you soon in Switzerland!
~Katie aka Käterli
Thursday, May 7, 2009
First of all, a big congratulation on winning the 2009 ThinkSwiss Research Scholarships! I'm sure all of us can't wait to embark on a journey to Switzerland, this coming summer.
My name is Yee Hoong Chow, a junior in chemical & biological engineering at Northwestern University. My current research interests focus on energy-related topics, and am now working in the lab of Professor Linda Broadbelt at Northwestern, the the field of molecular simulation. Previously, I worked in tissue engineering and cell culture, under Professor Lonnie Shea on his ovarian follicle culture and maturation project, between 2006 and 2007. My research activities have had a strong connection to biological systems and application of chemical engineering.
This summer, I will be researching with Professor Vassily Hatzimanikatis, in the Laboratory of Computational Systems Biotechnology at EPFL. I do know German - but not French - so going to the French speaking part of Switzerland shall be a different kind of experience to me.
All in all I'm simply excited about this summer, as well as the opportunity to meet up with you all. Looking forward to a great summer in Switzerland.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I spent last summer in the MIT Summer Research Program in the Jacks Lab with a fantastic Swiss post-doc, Etienne Meylan. He often told me of the wonderful environment in Lausanne and Switzerland in general, and piqued my interest in working there. Having never been to Switzerland, I am very excited to go, meet new people, and learn a new language. I am a native San Diegan, so the French is very new. I'm hoping I will not arrive and attempt to speak French in a Spanish accent, as would befit my regional background, but we shall see soon enough.
I am very grateful to the ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship for the funding and the forum in which to share a collection of new experiences. So for now, À bientôt tout le monde!
This is Ishita Basu from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am a phd student here in the electrical and computer engineering department. My research interest is biomedical signal processing and modeling of neurological data. I would be visiting the biomedical image processing lab in EPFL headed by Prof. Michael Unser. I will be working with Dr Dimitri Van De Ville who is heading the Signal Processing Unit of the Centre d'Imagerie BioMédicale (CIBM) at the University Hospital of Geneva (HUG). He is also a senior member of the Biomedical Imaging group at EPFL.
I am pretty excited about this opportunity and I hope to learn newer techniques that I can use on the data I am interested in. This would also be my first visit to Europe.
Dear 2009 ThinkSwiss Researchers,
Congratulations on being selected for a 2009 ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship! This Blog is a place for you to share your experiences and for us to provide you with helpful information and let you know about meetings and events. Please keep in touch and be sure to write on the ThinkSwiss Research Blog on a regular basis!
Please introduce yourself briefly and tell us about your expectations and your research project in Switzerland.
The whole ThinkSwiss community is very interested in your research experiences and will read with great curiosity your posted blogs. The exchange of knowledge and the establishment of a network between you and Swiss researchers in your labs is one of the main objectives of the ThinkSwiss research stay.
The following students were awarded and do research at the following Swiss universities/research institutes:
Brett Albert (Harvard University), ETH Zurich
Erin Turk (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), University of Lausanne
Igor Labutov (City University of New York), EPFL
Ishita Basu (University of Illinois at Chicago), EPFL
Jason Qian (George Washington University), EPFL
Jialiang (Julian) Wang (Department of Architecture, Texas A&M University), EPFL
Jonathan Broogard (Northwestern University), University of Lausanne
Kalin Peige (Arizona State University), University of Zurich
Kayla King (Indiana University), EAWAG
Martin Monasteiro (Rutgers University), ETH Zurich
Matan Mayer (Harvard University), EPFL
Nicole Beckage (Indiana University), University of Basel
Rebecca Recker (Johns Hopkins University), University of Geneva
Rob Futia (Loyola College in Baltimore), University of Zurich
Savannah Adams (Emory University Atlanta), ETH Zurich
Tom Stewart (Columbia University), ETH Zurich
Yee Hoong Chow (Northwestern University), EPFL
We are looking forward to reading more about your research and your time in Switzerland.
Lukas (on behalf of the program committee)