I am not much of a blogger, but here we go!
It's my fourth day at USC and everything has gone really well so far. The house that I am staying at for the first week of my internship is very pleasant and conveniently close to campus. My first night there I met two Bulgarians, Vera and Alexander, who introduced me to a very tasty Bulgarian soup, so what beats that?? At USC I have my very own desk amongst the graduate student cubicles, so I am feeling pretty official. Everyone in the department has been very nice and welcoming, which has made the transition a lot easier. My work so far has consisted of reading articles in order to familiarize myself with the study region and with current theories concerning the geologic processes going on over there under our feet.
My goals for this internship go as follows:
During the first third of my internship I want to get comfortable with the basic concepts behinds receiver functions, inversion theory, and common conversion point stacking. I do not think that I will be writing scripts this summer, but rather I will be using ones that Rob has already written. With that said, I want to learn general scripting conventions so that I can understand what Rob's scripts are doing on a fundmental level. After learning about the scripts I want to USE them and start doing data collection and processing. I want to make a skeleton of my poster for AGU and start thinking about the abstart that I will submit. Last but not least, I want to meet as many people as I can inside and outside of the department so that I can make some connections and (fingers crossed!) make some new friends.
During the second third of my internship I want to complete data processing and start anaylzing the resulting models. Having done some analysis, I hope to get my abstract a little more finalized. I also hope that I will have gotten to the beach by now!
During the final third of my internship I want to submit my abstrat to AGU and begin filling in my poster. Hopefully at this point I will know enough about what I am doing to start drafting a paper of my findings, eek!
Well, that is all that I have for now...
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