>> p = [5,4,2,3,9,8,1,6,7]
5 4 2 3 9 8 1 6 7
>> x = plot(p)
>> title(‘This is a plot.’)
>> xlabel(‘This is the x axis.’)
>> ylabel(‘This is the y axis.’)
>> set(x, ‘Color’, ‘red’)
>> title(‘Oh look, I can change the color of the line, too.’)
>> title(‘Hah! I can plot in Matlab. >:D’)
And thus begin my adventures in Matlab.
I sit on my couch eagerly waiting for my textbook to ship. “MATLAB: For Scientists and Engineers” is its title. I ordered it on Tuesday, so hopefully it’ll get here before I go back for research starting on Monday!
So far, I’ve had two restful weeks of summer vacation. Has it gone by too quickly? I’m not sure, but I’ve been catching up on plenty of sleep and I feel all refreshed to go back! I’m very excited to begin researching pollen with the Chemical Engineering department, so I’ve been looking forward to research more than ever!
Apparently, we chemical engineers love to model things. Ranging from nanotubes in the Materials track, biomolecules in the (guess what?) Biomolecular track, reactions in the Process track, to atmospheric particles in the Environment track, modeling becomes second nature by the time we leave campus.
My name is Kayane. I am a freshman chemical engineer, and I am ready to conquer the modeling world.
My target is pollen.
As soon as my textbook arrives, I will eagerly devote my time to absorbing all the information I can from it. If I succeed, there will be no obstacle too difficult for me in my quest to conquer pollen and its modeling challenges -I am going pollen hunting!
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.