Beth is a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar selected by District 9780 and recently arrived in the U.S. for her studies.  Below is an extract from a recent letter.. 


"I have loved my first few weeks in the USA. They have been quite busy but my Rotarian Host CouncellorCouncillor's amazing. The workload at Stanford is different to the workload at the University of Melbourne. I have three weekly assignment tasks to complete which have been keeping me very busy. I think that these are designed to keep us working throughout the quarter, rather than leaving the work until right before the exam, so I can see that they will be beneficial come exam time.




I visited NASA Ames last week (where I completed the summer program last year) and am now looking at doing research with them as part of my Masters Degree which I am really excited about. There have been a lot of really cool things happening in the area. I attended a talk on the "New Arab Woman" yesterday by a Lebanese poet and author which was really interesting. On Friday night I am heading to San Francisco for a huge space exhibit shown by the USA Navy. Tomorrow I am heading to the SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) to hear a talk by a NASA Scientist. On Thursday I am going to talk to a school through the "Young Astronauts Program run by Stanford University) to try to inspire the kids about science and engineering. We will be teaching them about forces (and setting off a rocket).


I am certainly happy to copy you in on reports to keep you up to date with what I am doing over here. I am in the process of setting up a blog with the Victorian Space Science Education Centre. I will let you know how that progresses!.....


I hope that all is well back at home. I miss our beautiful beaches and sitting at Mobis with a coffee! "