Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Last Day

Today is the last day of the internship. We had a quick morning meeting where we discussed details of how the final presentations will go. I'm very nervous for it, but I'm optimistic that it will go well. All the interns rehearsed their presentations for each other, and everyone did really well. We had a quick meeting with our adviser and went over last minute changes to the presentation.
The interns had lunch together at Crossroads. We played "two truths & a lie", and "never have I ever" during lunch.
Then we had a last run through of the presentations in the afternoon.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Day 27 - Last Thursday

In the morning, Zihao and I met with our adviser to go over our presentation. He helped us fill out one table of data, and gave us lots of other helpful tips. It was a very productive meeting.
All the interns took a very short lunch today, because we wanted to run through our presentations for each other. We put our slideshows up on the projector in the freshman lab, and took turns presenting. Mine went better than I expected, but it still needs a lot of work. Everyone did really great, and I'm impressed with the work that everyone has done to get this far!

Day 26

This morning I researched alternative ways to date pigments so that I could fill out my comparison table for the presentation. I'm hoping to make a convincing argument as to why LFEPR is a good technique to use for dating pigments in historical objects.
The last Wednesday lunch talk was today. It was one of the best so far, in my opinion. Dr. Easton was happy to go in to details about his studies and show us lots of pictures of his travels.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Day 25

Zihao and I had a very quick meeting with our adviser about our presentation. It was only about five minutes, but he gave us some helpful information. I continued adjustments to our presentation, and I'm hoping to have the rough draft completed by Thursday, so we can run through it with the other interns in a more chill version of what our run through will be on Friday.
We continued watching the Batman movie, but still have not completed it.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Day 24

We had an informative morning meeting in which Mr. Callens told us he had a arranged another Wednesday lunch talk, which I was very happy about. I think it's going to be a very interesting talk.
I continued work on our presentation. The slideshow is coming along pretty well, and I've been adding pictures to many of the slides. One big thing that we still need to finish is writing our actual talk that goes with the slides. 
Madi and I went on a really nice walk around campus during lunch. It was pretty relaxing, and I'm glad we got the chance to enjoy the nice weather.
Madi and I found motivation to work hard in the afternoon through a little stuffed hedgehog that we named Mo. (Yes, Mo is short for motivation).

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Day 23

Today was the undergraduate research symposium, so there was no morning meeting for the interns. Instead, most of them went to the breakfast at the symposium. I didn't plan on going to the breakfast, so I had gone to the CIS first. When I decided to go find the other interns I ended up getting completely lost. Luckily, I had Emily's number and was able to find out where they were. I went and got my name tag, but then decided to go back to CIS and get more work done. I did go to one talk, which was by an RU from CIS. I had actually helped with his research earlier in the summer, when I brought in my violin and Madi and I played notes for him to record. His project was on music, which I found really interesting. I hope he continues his work because his project is so cool!
Lunch was fun, especially because they had a special gluten free sandwich for me and a gluten free cookie! The talk during lunch was really fascinating, and it was on a topic I'm really interested in: solar power.
I got some more work done in the afternoon, and all in all I had a very productive day.

Day 22

Zihao and I had a meeting in the morning with our adviser, Prof. Hornak. We talked for almost an hour and he helped us rearrange our presentation to be more interesting and to grab the attention of the audience. The tips he gave us were very helpful, and I'm pretty with how our presentation is coming together.
Other than that, today was fairly uneventful. At lunch, all the interns played a game of Apples to Apples, which was fun but everyone took it pretty seriously. I think it probably went a lot better than the game of Trivial Pursuit...