So it turns out that this summer’s going to be pretty cool! I have a great mentor who’s nice and doesn’t kill me when I mess up in lab! Haha..and errr, I’ve made my fair share of screw-ups this first week. However, by far, the worst thing had to be during lab meeting on Wednesday. Basically, all labs have a lab meeting each week where someone gives a presentation and then everyone goes around and talks about their progress.
Well, this would have been interesting (ish?) if I had gotten enough sleep. But, since the meeting was during/after lunch(fooood coma) and was THREE hours long, I couldn’t help it. I tried and I tried, but failed. I failed and I dozed off! It might have not been too bad, except according to my mentor, I was the only one who fell asleep! Also, please note that there were 16 of us around a table. And it must have been pretty obvious that I was sleeping! But, my mentor was really chill about it and gave me some pointers on how to stay awake for next week!
Oh! AndI finally got to taking some pictures!
On my way to lab, I walked down the Olive Walk and was like wow, this school is amazing. Here is a picture why.
And now that my first week of SURFing is done, time to have fun! Pasadena’s a pretty cool place. Yesterday was Make Music Pasadena. Basically, there were stages set up all over Old Pasadena and every hour, each stage had a different band. And it was free! Last night I went to see Matt and Kim. It was a pretty good concert.A crowd surfer. There were several of them. Personally, I think they’re crazy! Haha.
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.