Hello, world (again)!
This week I'll be detailing what kinds of data I'll be using for this project, as well as reflecting on one of the skills that I hope to gain throughout this experience.
Monday was my first official day as an intern, and I began the project by looking through the files that I will be using, and running example simulations. I did this by using something called sem2dpack, and although it took a while to kind of figure out the ins and outs of how to use it, it was cool seeing things finally start to work! The simulations incorporate several friction laws, with parameters that can be changed in order to run the simulation and see how different changes produce different results. So, on that note, I guess that I would say that the data I'll be using is really just the different parameters that can be applied to the simulations. I'm excited, as the internship progresses, to learn more about the specifics and see how the simulation progresses!
As far as a skill that I'd like to reflect on, I'd like to focus on figuring out the next step in a research project...this one caught my attention, mainly because I feel so far from being able to properly implement this skill. And yet, with graduate school just around the corner, I know that I will soon have to do this. I just feel like that takes such a deep understanding of the project. In order to figure out the next step, you have to understand so many things about the research: what has been done so far, what still needs to be done, how the project is paced (so you don't move to quickly or too slowly), and why the next step would be useful at this time. I don't know, maybe I'm overthinking things- but that is a little overwhelming to think about. But honestly, if I didn't want to challenge myself, I wouldn't be doing this internship, and I wouldn't be interested in research...maybe a skill like that, that seems just a little overwhelming, is exactly what I need to focus on in order to improve my research skills. Regardless, I'm excited to see where this summer goes!
See you next week!
My name is Savannah Devine, and this summer I will be working on a rupture model of the Cascadia Subduction Zone. I'm a quantitative geoscience major at Appalachian State University, and I've known that I want to do something relating to geophysics for around 2-3 years now. I'm super excited to get started on this project (my first official day is this Monday, the 14th!) and learn all that I can. Today, I'm going to expand on a few goals I have for the summer:
1. Gain confidence in research.
This is something that I honestly struggle with- but as I move from undergrad to grad school and beyond, I'd like to feel confident enough in doing research to be able to make decisions throughout the project, explain my research to others without feeling like I'm getting something wrong, and just generally gain confidence when speaking to other geologists about my work. I feel like this internship, by allowing me to find that balance between asking questions and working through issues myself, will be a great help.
2. Learn more about earthquakes!
This one is a given, but I absolutely love earthquake science and geophysics as a whole. Therefore, any chance to learn more about the field is a chance I will take. I feel like this project is different enough from anything I've done before that it will help to give me a broader view of the kinds of topics that geophysicists explore.
3. Work toward applying to grad schools!
This fall, I will be applying to grad schools. This is definitely nervewracking, but I feel like this internship may help me narrow down exactly what I want to do, and what types of research topics to look for. At the very least, I believe that by accomplishing the above 2 goals, it will allow me to feel less stressed and more confident while applying and reaching out to potential schools. I know that I definitely want to go into geophysics, so that isn't what I'm worried about- but I feel like everything that this internship has to offer will definitely be helpful as I begin applying to places in the fall.
Feel free to keep up with this blog if you'd like to see how this project goes! I'm very excited for this summer, and I'll be sure to post here frequently as I continue my research.