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- Cooperative and competitive game theory in Brussels
- Math is an international language, but she speaks French too!
- Astrophysics major explores mysteries of space and French culture
- Computing in a foreign language, understanding a foreign culture

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Cooperative and competitive game theory in Brussels

Name: Ashley C.
Undergraduate major field(s): Biochemistry, French, Computer Science minor
Goals for her Paris Field Study semester:To work in a professional laboratory, learning how to use computational tools and informatics to help solve complex problems.
Placement: MLB (Machine Learning Group, Free University of Brussels)

Responsibilities as intern:
- participate in a project on a new and useful subject for the laboratory
- engage in objective preliminary research using software to analyze biological data
- obtain a prototype and test samples
- create an algorithm using cooperative and competitive game theory as a tool to examine protein interaction.
Subject of research: Using Cooperative Game Theory to Model Protein Interaction.
And... Her research findings represent a scientific advance and will be the object of scientific publication.

Math is an international language, but she speaks French too!

Name: Brenda D.
Undergraduate major field(s): Mathematics
Goals for her Field Study semester: Learn about the ways mathematics is used in other fields such as biology or agronomy.
Placement: The Digiplant Laboratory for Interactive Models of Plant Growth and Architecture
Responsibilities as intern:
- Attend lectures and training sessions to become familiarized with tools for work, such as the computer platform and programs for digital modeling
- Develop two models on two different scales and monitor their growth
- Collect and analyze data from digital model
Subject of research: Mathematical Modeling of Plant Growth
And... After graduation, inspired by her experience abroad, Brenda decided to explore yet another culture and language, teaching at Shandong university in China

Astrophysics major explores mysteries of space and French culture

Name: Jillian S.
Undergraduate major field(s): Physics and Astronomy
Goals for her Field Study semester: To gain real research experience and improve her French, especially technical vocabulary for her field
Placement: Astrophysics research laboratory
Responsibilities as intern:
- Participate in a research project for the cosmology group of a prestigious astrophysics laboratory, studying dark energy in the universe by analyzing data of various wavelengths from a satellite telescope
- Build the data treatment tools necessary for detection of dark energy
- Work on data sets from previous satellites, developing simulations and testing the method she devised.
Subject of research: Integrating Planck and the Sachs-Wolfe effect: A new constraint for dark energy?
And... Jillian continued her work in the field, completing a master’s degree in astronomy in bilingual Canada

Computing in a foreign language, understanding a foreign culture

Name: Danielle J.
Undergraduate major field(s): French studies & Computer science
Goals for her Field Study semester: TLearn how the field of information technology is approached in different language, culture, and work environment.
Placement: Open-source computer services firm
Responsibilities as intern:
- Work with colleagues at a micro-enterprise to learn new programming skills and platforms to work with open-source Content Management System
- Develop a complex website using the open-source Content Management System
- Meet with various actors in the field, including other professionals and client for website
- Research market for open-source operating systems and applications
Subject of research: Change and Development in the Open Source Computing Market in France
And... Danielle’s internship served as a step in the direction of her career goals—She now works as a software development engineer for Microsoft.
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