Meet our new students

Meet our new students

Top image: Around a 100 students gathered in Møysalen for the official semester opening this morning. Photo: Eva Therese Jenssen/UNIS

The UNIS spring semester 2016 was officially kicked-off today. In between information lessons, we managed to interview briefly a few of our new students before they rushed off to the safety course.

11 January 2016

The UNIS spring semester 2016 started today. Around 100 students met this morning to a general information session, opened by the Governor of Svalbard, Mrs. Kjerstin Askholt.

After information sessions by the scientific departments and the Academic Affairs department, the students had a short lunch break before the start of the safety course. We managed to interview briefly five of our new students before they rushed off to the safety course.

Here are five of our new students:

Kristian Reed. Photo: UNIS

Kristian Reed. Photo: UNIS

Name and nationality: Kristian Reed, Norway

Home institution: Master student at University of Bergen – Birkeland Centre for Space Science

UNIS courses in spring 2016: AGF-301 The Upper Polar Atmosphere and AGF-304 Radar Diagnostics of Space Plasma

Have you been to Svalbard before? No, this is my first time. I arrived last Thursday so I have had time to acclimatize.

How did you hear about UNIS? It was my supervisor at the University of Bergen who recommended taking a semester at UNIS. As I study the northern lights, this is the natural place to come.

What are you most looking forward to this semester? To go on trips around Svalbard and see the landscape. I have already bought a scooter suit, so that is a start.

 

Nora Kaggwa Kwagala.

Nora Kaggwa Kwagala. Photo: UNIS

Name and nationality: Nora Kaggwa Kwagala, Uganda

Home institution: PhD student at University of Bergen

UNIS courses in spring 2016: AGF-801 The Upper Polar Atmosphere and AGF-804 Radar Diagnostics of Space Plasma

Have you been to Svalbard before? Yes once, for a six day visit.

How did you hear about UNIS? My PhD research focuses on the northern hemisphere cusp, but so far I have only studied the theory. I wanted to come here to do applied research.

What are you most looking forward to this semester? To use the equipment and actual instruments and do hands-on research. Also, this will be an adventure for me!

 

 

 

Alexandra Treimo

Alexandra Treimo. Photo: UNIS

Name and nationality: Alexandra Treimo, Norway

Home institution: Bachelor student at University of Oslo

UNIS courses in spring 2016:
AB-202 marine Arctic Biology and AB-203 Arctic Environmental management

Have you been to Svalbard before?
No – this is my very first time!

How did you hear about UNIS? I heard about UNIS from two study friends who spent last spring semester here. Now it is my turn!

What are you most looking forward to this semester? I really look forward to experience the Svalbard nature, in addition to learn first-hand more about Arctic climate management.

 

 

Danielle Hall

Danielle Hall. Photo: UNIS

Name and nationality: Danielle Halle, Canada

Home institution:
Bachelor student at University of Ottawa

UNIS courses in spring 2016: 
AG-204 The Physical geography of Svalbard and AG-209 The Tectonic and Sedimentary History of Svalbard
Have you been to Svalbard before?
No, I just arrived yesterday.

How did you hear about UNIS?
It was one of my professors back home in Ottawa who recommended me to apply to get more experience with Arctic studies, specifically glaciers.

What are you most looking forward to this semester? The field excursions, to learn new skills and meet new people.

 

 

Niklas Schaaf

Niklas Schaaf. Photo: UNIS

 

Name and nationality: Niklas Schaaf, Germany

Home institution:
University of Potsdam

UNIS courses in spring 2016:
AG-204 The Physical geography of Svalbard and AG-209 The Tectonic and Sedimentary History of Svalbard

Have you been to Svalbard before?
Never, I just arrived yesterday.

How did you hear about UNIS? I have two friends from Potsdam who spent last semester here. I was exchange student at University of Bergen last semester, so it was easy to apply for a second exchange semester at UNIS.

What are you most looking forward to this semester? Experiencing the nature and go on skiing trips. I also look forward to get to know a lot of nice people and experience the unique atmosphere and the close relationship between professors and students.

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