NSP Students blog for the Royal Society
Students on the fall 2012 Norwich Science program blog for London's Royal Society
Students expect to see and accomplish a lot when they study abroad, but blogging on the website of one of the world's oldest and most prestigious authorities on natural science can top the goals of even some of the most ambition science students. Participants on Dickinson's Norwich Science program did exactly that during their History of Science course based in London, a part of their semester-long education abroad program through the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.
Students visited the Royal Society as just one component of their program and used its archival resources to further their own individual research. One student, Elizabeth Austin, a biology major from Needham, Mass. said, "This assignment...gave us the opportunity to pursue our personal
interests from a historiographical perspective, and it has been
inspiring and powerful to be able to access the documents that laid the
foundations for our intended professions. As an aspiring veterinarian I
researched the history of animal science and animal rights and found a
document titled ‘Experiments on Animals and Cruelty to Animals Act’,
published in 1952 by the Research Defence Society
to update MPs on animal rights legislation." As with many Dickinson students, the study abroad experience is not an isolated and finite activity, but an integral part of their academic career at the College. Austin plans to integrate the research she carried out in London in her senior capstone work, stating, "In my thesis, I plan to compare the evolution of
British and US animal rights legislation."
You can read the Norwich Science program's complete blog post and learn more about Britain's Royal Society by clicking the logo below.