There are many different feelings about politics. Some hate
it, some flourish int it. To some it is just annoying. I enjoy it. It’s really
interesting. I’m taking Introduction to Political Science this term and it’s
great having it play out right outside my room. It’s election season at Caltech
and every position in the Houses and ASCIT (our student government) is up for
When I give tours I spend a lot of time talking about the
labs, classes, and pranks, but rarely do I mention student government so here’s
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Vice President of Non-Academic
Director of Operations
Director for Social Activities
Houses: There are a
million house positions from President to Cannon Master. Here is a general idea
Head Social Team Manager
Head Athletics Manager
Vice Social Team Manager
Vice Athletics Manager
Soc Frosh (Usually four)
Ath Frosh (Usually four)
These are the people that keep everything running from organizing
athletics matches and parties to handling inter-house disputes.
So during election season, when all the positions are
being filled, the corridors are filled with gossip about who is running and who’s
going to win. The rules are complicated and every now and again some argument
will break out over the constitution (every house and ASCIT has one). It all
adds spice to game and with only 900 students anyone can play. I never did
anything with student government in high school, but I’ve held positions here
at Caltech. It’s fun and adds some diversity to the science!
To relax after all that craziness a bunch of us went to
the beach (pics below)!
This is the Santa Monica Pier
This is Grace and her boyfriend Alex (nice pose) :)
Until next time!
“Quantum Mechanics: The dreams stuff is made of”
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.