(Yi Er means One Two, and sounds similar to Year. Heh, something I should’ve mentioned in my intro is that I love puns! :P Bear with me, please, I’ll try to keep the cheesiness to a minimum.)
Happy New Year, everyone! Caltech released a video featuring some of the highlights of 2012, most notably the landing of Curiousity. As for me, I’ve had a great 2012 and, of course, am armed with a heady list of resolutions for 2013. In 2012, I was able to SURF at Stanford at a genetics lab, shadow at Huntington Hospital, get certified as a Red Cross First Responder, overcome my fear of rollercoasters and watch a live comedy show by Demetri Martin.
One highlight from last term was visiting Six Flags. This was actually my first time to Six Flags as well as first time on any roller coaster other than the kiddy rides at Disneyland. Another confession I should make is that I am absurdly acrophobic–ski lifts and glass bottom elevators are enough to make my toes curl. My boyfriend, however, chivalrously took me to four of the most intense rides at Six Flags, including Goliath, X2, Batman, and Tatsu.
Term has had its ups and downs, but we’ve finally coasted through 2012.
Avery also held a gingerbread house contest. My alley made a “Golden Graham Bridge”, also known as the “Road to Diabetes”. This inedible but indelible piece of architecture took us 2 hours to make, and many, many tries before we got it to stand.
How many physics majors does it take to build a suspension bridge? 5 apparently!
Finally, I celebrated Christmas at the beach with family. It was pretty funny to see Sand Christmas Trees and snowmen, and many people also dressed pretty festively.
There’s only half a week of break left, which is always a bittersweet feeling. I’m terrible with good byes, but I’m also really excited to go back to Tech especially since several good friends who were studying abroad last term are back.
Hope you all had a great break! Congrats to seniors for finishing your apps, and hope to see you at PFW!
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.