Good news everybody: It stopped raining! Phew..I was starting to think I wasn’t in California anymore :P
The week went pretty well for me…I was pretty productive and was able to start my weekend on Wednesday afternoon since all my work wrapped up in the beginning of the week. In the past week, I’ve been running experiments with my aluminum blocks at JPL, invited to the Athenaeum for lunch, gave another tour in the rain and read more freshman admission applications.
As always, I had my ballet class on Sunday morning. We have just started learning choreography for the piece we are doing for the show in April—a piece taken from the ballet, Carmen. So FUN! We are using fans as props since the story of the ballet is set in Spain. I will say, it is pretty darn difficult to be aware of a prop in your hand while dancing…I’m not too experienced with handling a fan either. But it is exactly why we’re learning now….
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.