*As an amateur photographer, I find that pictures do indeed speak louder than words.
Day 1: Welcome to Dulles International Airport, and thank you for flying United.
Half an hour before our dinner with Caltech alumni, some of us took a stroll down to Capitol Hill [and it wasn’t all that cold then]:
After dinner, Elaine and I, along with Catherine and Kati, took a [much longer] 5 mile walk and braved the wind chill to see the monuments at night.
So the original plan was to wake up at 6:30 tomorrow morning to watch the sun rise over the monuments, but I’m not too sure if we can handle that right now. Tomorrow morning is a free day, and most of us are planning to visit monuments/memorials or the Smithsonian museums. In the afternoon, we’re meeting with Steve Koonin in the Department of Energy and then having dinner with the National Academy of Science - Elaine coordinated these two meetings, and we’ll be back tomorrow to tell you about our day!
SURF, short for Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, is a quintessential experience for any Caltech student. It is a widely accessible research fellowship for Caltech students that funds your proposed research for one summer term. While many of my classmates did their first SURF the summer after their freshman year, I sent in my first application to the program as a sophomore. As a CS major, I was trying to chase meaningful work that intersected computation with the field of neuroscience. I ended up doing a SURF at the Stanford School of Medicine that first year, studying hand gestures in children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since then, I’ve been working in the research space of applying computational analyses to ASD.
This summer, from the confines of my Brooklyn apartment, you could find me typing away on a tiny 13-inch laptop screen. At times I was looking for answers on countless Stack Exchange pages, editing a Jupyter notebook, or making blood flow measurements on a software called Arterys. This was my 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURF) experience.
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.