This was a great week, so I’ll just skip to the highlight: I visited AIP in person! I am from the D.C. area and was already planning to make the trek back for Father’s Day weekend, when I decided to come down early and visit the offices Friday.
Switching to the NSF database from the IPEDS database was a difficult decision, and naturally, it gave rise to more decisions. Deciding on how to construct the data tables required lots of experimentation and code review.
I hit a milestone this week. On Monday, I began what I believe is the third-to-last of the “new” FYI summer assignments. My mentor has given me the opportunity to complete work on four of FYI’s branches: This Week, bill tracker, budget tracker, and bulletins.
This week, I was delighted to realize that I had made a mistake in choosing a certain criterion during my data retrieval process and the IPEDS and NSF data actually matched. I don’t think I have ever been this happy to have made an error!
This week at SPS: This week, we got to meet the members of the executive committee of SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma during a happy hour. We got to play skribblio which was very fun while playing with a set of physics words. There were several times where some of us knew what it was, or at least the to
Another week in the books! Suffice to say that if I thought I was busy last week, I was wrong. This week I had the opportunity to sit in on four different committee hearings in both the House and the Senate, as well as a panel hosted by Foreign Policy magazine.
This week, I found myself settling into my internship much more. I unfortunately had to miss two of our internship events for personal reasons, but I was still very happy with my progress outside of that.
For my second week with APS, I was met with a lot of meetings, a lot of questions, and a lot of opportunities to grow. We have hit a slight snag in the main project I am working on, which has required a lot of clarification.