So this past weekend, my roommate and I got to see Disney’s musical, The Lion King! I’ve been looking forward to this ever since we got tickets from the Caltech Y. In collaboration with the Y, the Master of Student Houses (MOSH) and his wife bought tickets for twenty undergraduates to accompany them to see the musical. Tickets were highly subsidized and were distributed by a lottery. We sat in the Orchestra seating at the Pantages Theatre. The performance was amazing and I highly recommend watching The Lion King. I enjoy musicals and live performances a lot. The Caltech Y has an Explore LA series, which provides tickets and trips to various places around LA. I highly recommend that you check out the Caltech Y, as well as the blog by Laura and Wen Min. The Caltech Y also provides many opportunities for Caltech students besides exploring LA including community service trips, so be sure to visit the Y if you have a chance to come to campus!
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ll be going to KAUST in Saudi Arabia for a poster competition along with five other Techers. I’m starting to pack now because we will be leaving this coming Friday. It’ll be an interesting experience and I am curious to see what KAUST is like. For one thing, KAUST, which was inaugurated in 2009, is a progressive university that admits female students. Moreover, male and females are allowed to mix on campus. Women are also permitted to drive and dress as they please within KAUST. As a female scientist, I feel honored being given this opportunity to travel to Saudi Arabia and visit KAUST. It will not only be an academic trip, but will also be a cultural exploration. I look forward to sharing my experiences next week!
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.