Hmm so it was Henry’s 22nd birthday this past
weekend, so several of us went to Sunday Bistro with him to celebrate. A lot of
seniors are on grad school visits, so we had kind of had a belated birthday
celebration for Henry. Because he dislikes cake and chocolate gasp! I made
caramel flan instead and we surprised him in one of the lounges of Avery. We
also stayed up to play cards and chat after a long week.
I didn’t end up going to either D-Day or the OASIS
Bollywood Dance Party because I was sore from tennis and catching up on work. I
heard both parties were pretty good and Venerable’s OPI will be next weekend.
We played again Ohio Northern on Sunday and lost 3-6. We’re now 3-2 overall and
our next match will be against UT Tyler next Tuesday. A few of us on the team decided to grab dinner together afterwards at Mr. Baguette. It was my first time there and the vietnamese sandwiches were delicious. We got Half & Half boba afterwards (check out the crazy short cups). I’m glad to be a part of the team and get spend time with these amazing girls. The weekend has gone by
so fast and now it’s back to classes and sets. It’s the final crunch before
exams begin. Avery Formal Dinner will be Tuesday night, as well as the Chemistry
Option Tea, where students and faculty can discuss research, classes, and life
in an casual and open setting. Hopefully as a chemistry option rep, I’ll be
able to attract frosh to the wonderful world of chemistry, or at least check it
Like many students at Caltech, I suffer from a slight boba addiction, where side effects may include over caffeination, minor sugar highs, and of course, a large toll on one’s wallet. This addiction is not helped by the fact that there are at least three boba shops within walking distance of campus. So, after an entire term’s worth of boba runs, I came back from winter break with a new year’s epiphany: it was time to get a job. Rather than try to curb my addiction, I decided to find a way to subsidize it.
Research at Caltech looks different for every student, and can often vary term by term. As a chemistry major, my course requirements are on the lighter side for a Caltech major, and many chemistry majors take advantage of the lighter course load to join research groups. This can be whenever the student wants, but many people join labs during their freshman or sophomore years. Some may work in one lab only, and some may switch between labs during the course of their undergraduate studies, depending on if their interests change.
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.