|The Nidelva River in Trondheim|
Greetings and welcome to the blog about my European travels this Fall 2013. This is my first blog ever, so please bear with me. A little background: I am studying in Trondheim, Norway for 3.5 months funded by the National Science Foundation and Research Council of Norway; my host scientist is Dr. Lars Wichstrøm at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. While I am in Norway for 3.5 months, I will be working on my dissertation using Norwegian prospective, representative data. Dr. Wichstrøm will mentor me and help further my program of research. While I am in Europe, I will be traveling to Lausanne, Switzerland for the European Conference on Developmental Psychology (Aug 30-6) and take short day trips to Zurich and Bern. My Aunt and I will also travel to Germany for a week and visit Frankfurt, Munich, Rothernburg, and other small cities.
First impressions of Norway
|The view I had walking to buy my groceries|
Norwegian people and my studies
|Cathedral two blocks from my house|
In terms of work, Dr. Wichstrøm was able to provide me a private office to work in. We have met to discuss what types of research questions I can explore using the data he is generously offering to me. The dataset is one-of-a-kind and provides the ability to trace developmental trajectories over the life span; in my case, I will be investigating mental health disparities and stability of identity over time
(in terms of behavior as well). I plan on organizing the data and developing my conceptual models the first couple weeks. During this time, I will work on my dissertation proposal and potentially propose my dissertation to my committee via Skype while I am in Norway. The idea is to begin 2 out of the 3 required manuscripts that will eventually become my dissertation.
|I had to ask 3 people|
whether this was mustard
I will plan to update the blog weekly to report on neat findings and share exciting photos from my journeys. Thanks for reading!