I can’t believe it’s already week 10 and I’m writing my last blog post of the summer. The last few weeks have been crazy busy, but fun. The two weeks of fieldwork followed by the AGU abstract deadline was sort of stressful, and it was definitely a relief to get my abstract submitted on time… Now I can relax a bit. Other than writing the abstract, I’ve been working on some figure ideas for my poster and doing some testing/organizing of instruments that were recovered from Missouri last week.
At the beginning of the summer, I had identified several goals that I wanted to achieve during my internship. Prior to this internship, I had basically no experience with Matlab or Unix and a minimal background in geology. It was very intimidating knowing that I’d be starting a research project in a field that I knew very little about, using tools that I had very little experience with. So my main goals for the summer were to become comfortable with working on the computer and to actually understand and appreciate the bigger picture of my project. Fortunately, I have had two extremely patient mentors to help guide me through, and because of them I feel that I have been successful in achieving these goals and much more. I really believe that my mentors are a large part of the reason why my time here in Indiana has been such a positive experience.
Over the course of the summer, I’ve gained an appreciation for seismology and research that will no doubt influence my plans for graduate school. I’ve enjoyed pretty much every aspect of seismology research; everything from tampering with computer models and tweaking Matlab code to driving around on dirt roads, digging holes, and installing seismic stations. There is a unique blend of office and fieldwork in seismology that I’ve really learned to enjoy.
Although I’ve had a blast in Indiana this summer, I’m ready to get back Missouri to see my family and friends for a few days before I head back to school. This summer has been a great experience, and I’ll be looking forward to starting a seismology research project at my home institution this year!
I guess one skill I didn’t really achieve this summer was being able to cook amazing food… something I’ll just have to work harder on.
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