A semester in Sydney


Emily Grey, at left, at the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

Research, internship, and memorable sights and friends

One of the goals of the Hajim School is for more of its undergraduates to be involved in three key experiences outside of the classroom: research, internships and global experience.

Emily Grey ’18 accomplished all three during her study abroad semester in Sydney, Australia, during the spring of 2016.

As an added bonus, she was able to:

• Take two classes that will transfer back to Rochester as credit for her major in biomedical engineering,
• Travel around a beautiful country
• Make friends from all over the world.

“Both the University of Rochester and the study abroad advisors at the University of Sydney are extremely helpful in arranging to study abroad and are always available to answer any questions,” Grey said.

“I received study abroad grants from the school in addition to the Hajim International Experience Scholarship. Also, due to the nature of the program I was able to keep nearly all of my financial aid that I normally receive while at the University if Rochester.”

As part of her study abroad she interned at the Heart Research Institute in Newtown, a suburb of Sydney. “I worked with the members of the High Blood Pressure research group, helping in the lab and observing experiments,” Grey explained. “The group's work focuses on how the brain controls blood pressure.”

She also enjoyed new sights and experiences, visiting Cairns on the northern coast of Queensland, scuba diving and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, whale watching off the Sydney Harbour coast, venturing into a rainforest – and even swimming in an extinct volcano.


Emily Grey visited the Cathedral of Lights at the Royal Botanic Garden, part of Vivid Sydney, a 23-day festival of light, music and ideas.