Two interdisciplinary studies in aquatic resources (ISAR) students from StFX are studying at University of Nordland, just north of the Arctic Circle, in Bodø, Norway, this winter term.
Matt Eliot and Victoria Cullen were both awarded the only two High North Fellowships offered to Canadian students through the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture.
“These fellowships are provided by the Norwegian government and will cover most costs associated with the term abroad to learn more about modern aquaculture, marine mammals and northern ecology,” says Lynn Patterson, StFX’s ISAR program assistant.
Both students say they are excited for the experience.
“I was interested in going to Norway because it’s a very unique culture and location,” says Mr. Eliot of Kingston, ON, a third year honours science student in mathematics and aquatic resources who will study international aquaculture, marine mammals and marine biology while at the University of Nordland.
“I love experiencing different cultures, through programs such as Immersion Service Learning and volunteering with Free the Children, and I may never have the chance to live within the Arctic Circle again, it’s an opportunity I couldn't let pass,” says the graduate of Frontenac Secondary School.
Ms. Cullen, a third year aquatic resources and economics honours student from Dartmouth, NS, says the program offered through the High North Fellowship appealed to her as it is geared towards modern aquaculture and marine mammals.
“I have always been so passionate about everything and anything marine related, so having the opportunity to broaden my horizons and take courses that I otherwise wouldn’t at StFX, such as marine mammals, is an experience I couldn’t pass up on. Norway has one of the longest and most diverse coastlines in the world, having such a unique environment right outside my door step is definitely something that pushed me to apply for the fellowship,” she says.
She says she was ecstatic when she heard the good news, particularly since it was a long wait to hear back. Both students say knowing they were going with someone else from StFX made it that more exciting.
Brenda Riley, StFX’s international exchange coordinator, also assisted the students during the application process.