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TOSST Fellowship Experience: By Stefanie Mellon
This summer I was given the opportunity to travel to Kiel, Germany and work on a paleoceanography project with HOSST student, Maryam Mirzaloo. It was an amazing experience to be welcomed into a new science community in a different part of the world. I was exposed to a new language, a new culture, and many fascinating people with similar interests.
The project I worked on with Maryam focused on the reconstruction of paleoclimates from deep-sea sediment cores south of Iceland. During my stay, we sampled from two different cores and prepared the samples for isotope and element ratio analysis. I was also able to take my own samples from the cores to send back to Halifax for my honours project, to be overseen by Dr. Markus Kienast, Professor of Oceanography.
It was definitely a special opportunity to be able to work one-on-one with a PhD student. I learned a lot about conducting research, and got to experience what it’s like to be in the position of a graduate student. This can be a very valuable experience for students deciding to pursue graduate studies in the future. It also gives the opportunity to make lasting connections within the HOSST-TOSST community.
Overall, my time in Germany was an enriching experience and I would definitely recommend it to other undergraduate students interested in ocean-related research.
Stefanie Mellon, TOSST Fellow
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