Blog #4

This is the first week I actually had time to sit and work on my projects. My mentors are really great at involving me in every aspect of their position, however, this doesn't leave me much time to work. This is a great opportunity for me to practice my time management and multitasking skills. Outside of work I have been trying to stay busy and make the most of my time in this amazing place. At the beginning of the week, I went to the Lincoln Memorial during sunset, which was a great experience and great photo opportunity. I visited different restaurants for happy hour and found a BBQ place that reminded me so much of home (South Texas). I ended the week with a sunset yacht cruise on the Potomac river which was awesome. - Miranda

Blog #3

This week went by a little too fast. I started the week with the IT guy helping get approved programs on my computer and an extra screen. He is super nice, I know this because I had to contact him four times that day. I then met with one of my mentors who actually didn’t want to talk about my project, but wanted to know what my future plans are and how she can help me achieve them. She gave me a great idea for the type of career to consider and graduate programs that might be related.

I spent the remainder of the week attending meetings and writing a program that will help me with the project I’m doing this summer. One of the meetings I attend was with REU program organizers(PO) who were discussing application to REU programs. The meeting was intense, but it was good to see that the people in charge of funding these programs really care about the students and faculty in the programs. I also met with my mentors to discuss my progress so far. They gave me good suggestions for some difficulties I encountered while working on them. Finally, I almost finished the program to filter through 75 excel files so I don’t have to do it manually. Just in time because I should be receiving the final files by the 20th.  - Miranda

Blog #2

I had an amazing week at the National Science Foundation (NSF). The orientation was a bit slow because of all the repetitive first day paperwork and presentations, but I did meet some awesome interns from Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). During lunch, I was introduced to my mentors and discussed the project I will be working on this summer. Initially I believed I had an easy project. After talking to all three of my mentors throughout the week, I realized that I will be challenged this summer. Luckily, I will be working with some very knowledgeable and friendly mentors.

This week I have been provided many opportunities to attend conferences, meetings, lectures and meet other professional throughout the building. Through all these opportunities, I was able to learn more about Geosciences and how the department assist in science education from K – Postdoc. - Miranda

Blog #1

This has been an amazing week in D.C. I’ve been introduced to a lot of things that I’m not used to like walking at least 6 miles every day, taking the metro (train) to get around and not having access to a car! As soon as I got here I met my roommates, who are also interns for QEM, and we immediately connected. Exploring this city has been so much more fun with these girls. The first week at QEM has introduced me to some very interesting and important things that I will definitely benefit from this summer. The professionals I met this week have not only showed me how to properly use linkin, network and research, but also gave me advise on how to take advantage of my time in this beautiful city. I had the opportunity to visit some museums (African American History and Air and Space) and monuments, where I was able to see and learn many interesting things. I am nervous and excited for this next few weeks when I meet my NSF mentors and learn what I will be working on for the rest of the summer.  - Miranda