Saint Louis University

Adventures in Russia: Study Abroad Experiences

2014 Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week

Monday, March 31
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Busch Student Center 256

Sponsored By: Center for Intercultural Studies, Department of Political Science, Center for International Studies, Department of Modern & Classical Languages, and the Russian and East European Studies Program

Recent Russian majors at SLU have enjoyed exploring the diverse landscapes of the largest country by land mass in the world, including Lake Baikal (the world's largest freshwater lake by volume), Saint Petersburg-the Northern Venice, Moscow-the Third Rome, and Novosibirsk, the Chicago of Siberia. The following three students will share their experiences from 2013:

  • Louie Hotop is a Jesuit Scholastic at SLU who spent his last summer in two Siberian cities: Novosibirsk and Tomsk. He helped to facilitate youth summer camps around the region and taught English at the camps. He also worked and lived with the Missionaries of Charity, established by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, at a shelter for homeless alcoholics. You can listen to a podcast about his Russian experience (e.g., Catholic Circus or eating bear) at:
  • Michael Meyer is a SLU senior concentrating in Biology, Russian Studies, and International Studies who conducted research in Russia the past two summers in Siberia and then in Moscow. His participation in the Summer Science and Language program at Moscow State University, funded by the U. S. Department of Education, and his experience conducting an ecological survey in the Lake Baikal region have allowed him to collaborate so effectively with colleagues that he has plans to return to Russia to continue his research and is a finalist for the 2014-15 Fulbright Fellowship.
  • Daniel Pike is a SLU senior concentrating in Biochemistry and Russian Studies who plans to earn a combined MD/PhD, with a PhD in a medically related science. Last summer he participated in a Biotechnology and Language Immersion Program at Moscow State University, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, in order to further explore biochemical research, to increase his understanding of the scientific culture of a foreign country, and to explore parts of a country that he has spent 8 years studying.
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