Calm before the storm?
This past weekend my friend Erica got baptized! Her parents came down for the ceremony and provided dinner/desserts. Congrats :) I’m so glad to have met these girls frosh year and to have their support in all that I do.
It was also Ben’s birthday on Monday. Because his favorite baseball team is the Yankees, we decorated a giant homemade funfetti cupcake cake with the Yankees symbol and surprised him just before midnight. Jarvis decided to also whip cream his face when he walked into the room. He didn’t expect anything because we had already sung happy birthday to him with chocolate chip muffins hours before.
January has flown by so fast-this week is like the calm before the storm as midterms start next week. Classes have been going on as usual. For Ch 6a, Jessica and I got to do Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Spectroscopy for the first time in Crellin, which was pretty neat. I’m enjoying this lab class as I get to learn lots of different lab techniques and understand the theory behind the spectrums we are obtaining and analyzing.
Michelle, the ASCIT Social Director, is hosting a Winter Wonderland event with sledding and an ice skating rink on the Olive Walk. Tom Mannion brought hot dogs, hot chocolate, and snacks out for everyone.
We’ll be playing our first tennis match this weekend against Hope Int’l.
Almost a year ago now, I was just about to start my first Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at JPL. NASA had sent out an email to all of their summer interns containing a social media template to announce that we had been selected as NASA interns. Excited to show my NASA pride, I posted it on my Instagram story, unaware of what would come out of this small action.
Hey hey! We’re starting a series where I walk you through my best finds for food and drinks in the Pasadena region, and in the LA metropolitan area. Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, if you will (although, for copyright reasons we can’t call it that). As you explore your college options, I firmly believe that food and location are more important than your high school guidance counselor may lead you to believe. And I’m here to share my best finds from my time at Caltech with you.
Over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to intern at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) under the mentorship of senior research technologist Dr. Xiaoqing Pi. Dr. Pi’s guidance and mentorship has been instrumental to the development and success of my internship at JPL, where I use machine-learning to enhance the accuracy and integrity of navigation and communication signals. In addition to helping me develop an understanding of atmospheric and ionospheric remote sensing and machine-learning, Dr. Pi has often offered his insights on how to improve my researching skills. Dr. Pi was generous enough to take the time to answer a few questions regarding his research and advice for future student interns. I believe many students can benefit from some of the lessons that he has taught me:
The transition period to remote learning was a very uncertain time, especially for research and the Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program. Many hands-on projects had to pivot at the last minute to facilitate off-campus contributions. However, many Techers were able to take advantage of the research opportunities offered at Caltech and JPL to make the best out of remote learning and research. To paint a picture, I’ve interviewed a few talented Techers for some insight on what researching from home looks like for them.