April 30, 2008

First Week of Finals

Well, I have my finished proposal printed out and ready to turn into Steve tomorrow. I have discussed summer plans with Ralph, and will be back on campus June 14 - July 30 to work on the project. Then of course I will be back in the fall to pick up where I left off.

It's been a long journey culminating to this point, and I am quite content.

April 18, 2008

Week 14

This week was hectic.
Proposal drafts were due on Monday. I sent mine to Ralph and he offered some good criticism as did Steve and my peers in 390. I have to prepare the final draft this weekend.
SOURCE was today and I presented my research from this past summer. I had a lot of fun and it was exciting to talk to people interested in my work. I am looking forward to getting to do that next year with my senior capstone project.

April 11, 2008

I don't know what week it is

The semester is nearing an end and the work is beginning to pile up. The draft of the research proposal is due on Monday and I really need to start working on that more than I have been. I've sort of just been plodding along.
We are only meeting in class now to discuss whether or not anyone has any questions about anything, and no material is being covered. I think it's a nice break.

March 27, 2008

Week 11

I am continuing to work on my proposal... An outline of it is due on Monday but I would much rather have a draft prepared by then. I worked on it last night and discussed the budgetary section with Ralph today via e-mail. Hopefully I'll be able to get a good chunk of it done tonight too.

March 19, 2008

Week 10

Well, I just finished my annotated bibliography for my research project. I am sure that it will be a work in progress considering that I will continue to search for articles pertaining to lava flows in Syrtis Major.

Ralph wants me to start working on a preliminary draft of the proposal, something that he mentioned to me at our last meeting. I'll probably start working on that this weekend and will hopefully have a rough draft put together by Sunday so that we can go over it on Monday. Monday might be a bit ambitious, but at the very least by the end of next week.

I think that's pretty much it; back to reading.

March 04, 2008

Week 8

To procrastinate studying for my physics test:

I talked to Ralph today and I'm pretty sure we have narrowed down a concrete project. I will be examining and characterizing the interactions of Hesperian lavas with Noachian terrain in the north and northeast region of Syrtis Major, an area that is home to the largest of several ancient shield volcanoes found on Mars. We are aiming to understand how these these two formations have interacted with one another to better understand whether of not the features seen in Syrtis Major have come as a result of the infiltration of Hesperian lava flows.

The Noachian/Hesperian boundary signifies a change in the behavior of the planet and by examining the interactions between the rocks we will be able to determine whether or not this change was abrupt or gradual. We will start by characterizing the lava flows themselves in order to determine their nature: were they thermally erosive? are they lying conformably with preexisting terrain? what are the natures of the boundaries between the two rock units? are these boundaries variable from place to place?

There are a lot of questions that come up when discussing this, thereby creating a runaway kind of effect. I think we are going to just ride it out and see where the image data takes us; we might get stuck on one very interesting area or we might be able to survey the entire northeast section of the region.

Also, since Ralph doesn't have a post-doc as of right now, I get my own office space (and a new laptop). I was told not to get my hopes up though, because I might eventually get kicked out... Regardless, it's a really nice room to have for a little while; great view overlooking the quad. ha ha ha.

February 25, 2008

Week 7 :)

I got home today from class and was pleased, upon checking my e-mail, to find that I had been offered an internship with the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas. Should I choose to accept this position, I would be working with Dr. Tom Stepinski on a project involving crater detection on Mars.

If this strikes your fancy, feel free to click the link at the bottom of this entry to read a full project description.

Maybe this would work as a senior project, and I could continue the work when I return in the fall under the supervision of a resident planetary geologist.

Until then, I await hearing back from the other institutions to which I have applied and continue to read about Syrtis Major- just in case.

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