Well, I've got a lot to accomplish this summer, and it is always good to set goals to make sure I'm on track to accomplish everything. You can read a description of my project on my profile page. I won't be collecting data for a few weeks so for the first third of the summer I'll be reading a lot to build my up my background knowledge. The topics I'll be reading about include permafrost, ReMi (Refraction Microtremor) and H/V (don't really know what that is at this point!). I'll also be attending a conference here in albuquerque which not only will help with building background knowledge but also help understand one of the major projects going on here at Sandia National Labs.
That brings me to another big goal for the summer: start to zero in on what it is I want to do in Geophysics. To accomplish this I'll be meeting as many people as possible and ask a lot of questions about what they do. There are opportunities to meet people informally here at SNL, the conference I'll be attending and also in an additional mentor program I've signed up for!
The second and last third of the summer will blend together. I'll be collecting data in Alaska and then it's crunch time.Once I get back I'll be working hard to:
1. Process all the data
2. Finish my poster
The goal is to have the poster finished by the end of my internship. To that end, I've already started on it by beginning to prepare a basic map of the location of my research for the poster. That may sound simple but I'm using a program called GMT (Generic Mapping Tools) and it is anything but simple! This is a tool that will come in handy in the future as well as it is commonly used for preparing presentations (or posters!)
Finally, looking beyond my time this summer as an IRIS intern, I'd like to identify some possible advisors I'd like to work under for graduate school. So, I need to come up with a list of 10 or so things I'll be looking for in a potential advisor and their research. This should be finished by the second third of my internship. My mentors will give me suggestions of people or places that might be a good match, then I will start to reach out to them either in the last part of the internship or right after. I would love to meet a few at the AGU meeting in December if possible!
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