Looking back on weeks 1 and 2 of my internship, I can see already that I've come a long way. The first few days of my internship were primarily made up of tutorials on Unix and GMT, and I'm becoming more and more familiar with these tools every time I generate a stick plot or a basemap. GMT especially looked like a foreign language, but with a lot of help from the tutorials I'm making progress. I worked on making some example maps and using the 'awk' command to sort the data for week two, and I think I've got the hang of that too. I'm really glad I took those Intro to Programming courses at Augustana when I had the chance.
During this internship I didn't expect to meet a lot of people. My assignment sounded like I would be in a computer lab for most of the day (which has turned out to be true) but I've met some really great scientists here! My fellow interns Elena and Isabella are fun coworkers, and I've met Dr. Emry and Dr. Hardebecke, two seismologists that are doing research somewhat related to mine. Erica Emry is actually an alumnus from Augustana, so we've been in contact before (she's actually the one who encouraged me to take those programming courses!). Yesterday Dr. Hardebecke called in by way of Google Hangout, and we had a great discussion on my research project and on her work at the USGS.
I really can't help but feel so privileged to be working with such a great team and support network. Linda is, of course, the best resource for when any of us have questions, but talking with the grad students Ying and Louisa gives good insight into what grad school work is like. Already more than two weeks have passed, and though it has been a blur of reading, discussing and scripting, I feel as though it is already going way too fast!
Some of my goals for this summer included meeting new people, becoming familiar with the tools and having a good relationship with my mentor, and I'm making great progress on all of those! For this first third of the internship I want to become a master of GMT, I want to have a firm understanding of what work I'm doing here, and I want to have a good working relationship with Linda and my fellow interns. For the second third I want to become a master of inversion (through the program called SATSI) and efficiently produce results related to this project. Finally, by the end of this internship I want to have an awesome poster that I can take to Augustana and to AGU and present confidently. I don't think these goals are too far out of my reach, and I look forward to see how I'll adapt to the challenges that this project has to offer!
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