Final QEM Blog

Leonardo Alfonso-Galtes

8/4/17

Final QEM Blog

For my final blog, I think I will discuss a few highlights of the week and my overall thoughts of the internship. This week flew by in the blink of an eye and I felt quite proud when I presented my NSF research as well as my final remarks to Sherrie Green in the closing ceremony. True be told that this internship had its ups and downs but there is no doubt that I grew as a person. For example, it was difficult for me to adjust to my dorm setting and making new friends, however all of that was trumped by the connections I made in the in the National Science Foundation through the help of my mentor Dr. Anna Kerttula. Through her open-door policy and her desire to watch me succeed I managed to adjust to my work setting and most importantly, visiting Alaska. My trip to the land of the midnight sun brought me hands-on experience not just by conducting field work but by shadowing science professionals who shared with me their wisdom and insight into science professions. All in all, I will always cherish this internship experience and I thank all who made it possible.

Highlights from my internship: