As many of you know, I’ll be spending this summer in Shanghai, China. I actually arrived early May, but am only just getting around to blogging now (sorry mom). This is just a way to let everyone know how I’m doing from time to time and also give some context to pictures.
The first couple posts will be catch up blogs but hopefully after that they will be current. Ok, here we go.
What am I doing in China?
Shanghai - Pudong Skyline view from The Bund
I am doing a research internship at a university in Shanghai, organized through Western. What this means is that I am spending the summer in a chemical engineering lab assisting a PhD student in their research. I decided to apply for this position after hearing several students speak about how much they enjoyed their experience in previous years. Western chose 11 students for the program this year and placed them at several different schools throughout China, and I was put in Shanghai. The internship is unpaid, but many of us received a scholarship to cover the costs.
View from my dorm room
My university is East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), a school of approximately 30 000 students and known for its large chemical engineering program. I have my own little room on the 14th floor of a residence building where I am lucky to have a private bathroom/shower and AC - apparently amenities not even my PhD friends here have.
And thankfully Western didn’t send me to the largest city in the world alone. My fellow second year chem eng student Ameen is also doing research at ECUST and lives just down the hall from me. We didn’t really know much about each other when we arrived, but so far its been a blast exploring this awesome city with him.
So that’s the basic setup. In addition to working in the lab, I will also have the opportunity to do lots of travelling while I’m here. Excited to post some pictures of those adventures soon!