This week was a whirlwind of a week! I spent most of Monday and Tuesday working on my poster for their undergrad symposium. At about 1pm on Tuesday the rest of the REU students and I had to present our draft posters in front of two of the NIMBUS Lab co-directors. It was a slightly stressful, but very helpful experience. With the help of their feedback, my poster got a lot better. I submitted my poster at the end of Tuesday and felt like a large weight was lifted as I had completed one of my final two deliverables for the summer. The other being the project report. On Wednesday, the NIMBUS Lab had a potluck lunch in honor of the REU students. It was very kind and also very very tasty. Turns out, the NIMBUS lab has some talented cooks and some very accomplished bakers. My favorite dish was the Korean BBQ Beef and my favorite dessert was the Oreo Macarons (they were so tasty!!!!). With my belly full of home cooked food, I went about submitting the Drone Copy Cat project code. I ensured everything was commented correctly, dotted my Is and crossed my Ts, and cleaned out the junk files. I then ziped up the workspace and sent it off to Siya so she could check it in to the SVN. I spent the rest of Wednesday and part of Thursday writing my project report. Sometimes when you write it’s like pulling teeth, other times the words flow like water. Thankfully, this week my experience was more like the latter and Alisha’s edits were invaluable. On Friday, we all took a group photo which was a lot of fun. I didn’t realize how expensive the ASTEC drones were when they were initially purchased! We got a lot of drones of varying sizes in the shot and generally had a good time.
I also volunteered to be part of the SRP’s commercial so an interviewer came to the lab and filmed me and a few other REU students from the NIMBUS lab. The questions really kicked off my reflection for the summer. Lastly, I was a participant in Siya’s study. I don’t think I am allowed to say more than that, but I had a blast being her participant. The things I did for the study were so much fun it didn’t feel like research.
My wonderful and amazing lab partner Nina and I also took pictures and they were my favorite from the photo shoot.