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Archive for September, 2012

Finding A Mentor part 2

My search for a mentor has finally come to an end. It took some careful thinking and work, but I feel that I made a good choice. At first, I was afraid that my mentor of choice might not agree. Fortunately, after a second round of questions, my mentor of choice has agreed to mentor me. I will also be working a lot with my mentor’s students in laboratories. It all sounds incredibly interesting. I am getting excited just thinking about it! It is relieving to know that an important part of my undergraduate research program is complete. However, this is just the beginning of my journey! There is still a great deal of work to be done.

My next step is to write my proposal. I will need to find some articles to read to get started on this step. I am also still developing my research question, which I need to proceed as well. It will be the base of my research. I know I can do it. I can develop a focused research question.  There is still about a month and a half left to the proposal deadline, but this does not mean that I intend to be careless. In fact, I plan to tend to the proposal and question aggressively! I have already started setting up a meeting with my mentor to discuss the matter, and perhaps gain some ideas for articles to read.

There is still  a great deal of work to be done and my journey is far from over. I am not exactly sure what to expect will happen or what I will find in the path ahead. All I am 100% sure of is that I will continue my journey to the end. I am motivated, curious, and deeply invested. My goal will be achieved, but likely not alone.

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Finding a Mentor pt 1

This week I selected three faculty members to meet with. Their research involves condensed matter and material science.  Although I did look through the research of other programs (High Energy, Beams, ect.), the research in condensed matter and material science was the most appealing. Perhaps I will pursue the material physics emphasis when I enroll for graduate school, but that is years away from now.  

When meeting with the faculty members I hope to learn a bit more about them and their research. Furthermore, I want to find out who would be the best mentor for me and if they have any room for me on their team. Worries also come to mind along with this excitement, which is still just excitement according to a communications teacher.

I want to be able to work with my mentor, whoever I happen to choose, as well as their team if applicable. My knowledge of physics, as well as other subjects, is not likely at the same level as the faculty members’. I am still just a college freshman who has a lot to learn. I am not sure how the meetings will go, but I will always do the best I can.

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