I’m not much of a blogger, but here goes nothing. I am winding down after my first week of my internship at New Mexico Tech. It’s going well so far, except for the heat. Right now Socorro is experiencing a heat wave, just the other day it was 104 degrees. I am definitely not used to this kind of heat! The place I am staying at is really nice and only a short walk from campus, which is very convenient (plus they just turned on the AC!).
My goals for the first third of this internship is to learn more about my research site (the Mexican subduction zone) and the earthquake events that occur there. I also want to learn how to use data catalogs and to develop a list of earthquake events. With that said list, I need to use GMT to map the events. Then I will download and organize my data. For the second third of my internship, I will learn and begin data processing for the Oaxaca events from the data I would have downloaded during the first third of my internship.
During the last third of my internship, I will hopefully begin making plots and interpret the results. I will also be working on my abstract for AGU as well during this time and start my initial draft of my poster.
A couple overall goals that I hope to get out of this internship experience are becoming more comfortable and confident with computer programming and learn how to use GMT. I also want to get to know the graduate students better and to not be too nervous to ask questions about what I have to do for my project or about graduate school.
Hopefully I stay on track with this schedule and the master schedule my advisor wrote up for me. It’ll be a very busy summer, but I will learn so much and meet a lot of great people in the meantime.
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