Today I enjoyed the products of yesterday’s labor! I introduce:
Homemade cookie dough frozen yogurt! My friend Mark and I used this recipe yesterday, and it turned out much better than I’d even hoped. I’ve made ice cream many times before, but I’ve always used an ice cream maker. This doesn’t require any special equiptment–we used wooden spoons instead of the electric mixer. The texture is firm and creamy.
Some sophomores and I stopped by Trader Joe’s to buy groceries before term starts up, and we ate dinner at The Corner Bakery. Other than that, I spent today filing papers and setting up my desk for next term. I also made time to catch up on some My Little Pony episodes at the gym.
I’m ready for term to start up because I miss my problem sets! I’m especially excited for Abstract Algebra (which covers field theory, Galois theory, and representation theory). Astronomy is my menu course, which means I’m using it to satisfy the graduation requirement of taking an out-of-major intro science course. It’s also relevant to the research at JPL I’ll be doing this summer.
Break was great and I’ll miss the free time and full nights of sleep, but now that I’m refreshed, I’m psyched to hit the books.
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.