Thursday, July 16, 2015

On Saturday, I took the bus to NYC to meet up with my friend Abril for the weekend. One of the members from my lab group was on the bus as well; it was a good of that weekend being perfect for a trip to NYC. When I arrived, we went for lunch at Smorgasbord in Brooklyn, a food market on the waterfront. 

After a brief ice cream trip, we met up with HackNY fellows to go to The New Pornographers and Thao concert. 

The concert was part of Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell. It was fun and relaxing listening to the indie rock music.

Sunday I attended the NYC National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) intern brunch with Abril. It was awesome to meet fellow college and also high school girls who are pursuing computer science or related technical fields. It was especially nice to reunite with my Google Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) friend Megha. Megha, Samuel, and I worked on the CSSI final project together. Last summer, we built an elegant, easy and free e-card app geared for our generation. You can check it out at:

It was experiment time again on Monday. Back in the lab, I am doing graphene transfers. I am also receiving training sessions on the forced ion beam (FIB). The FIB is used to drill nanopores in wafer membranes and in whatever 2D overlaying material. 

This week, I have had the chance to explore Philly, attending the Philly Interns party at the Comcast Center and the Philly Tech Meetup at the Science Center. At the party at the Comcast Center, I met my friends Caroline who goes to Carnegie Mellon University and Christina who goes to UC Davis. Both are interning  at Philadelphia area startups as part of the PennApps Fellowship program. They introduced me to other fellows. 

I am having a great time with my NBIC REU group. As part of our weekly brown bag seminar, we received a presentation on graduate school from the director of admissions for the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) graduate program. Following the session, we took group pictures for the website. The 10 REU students and 4 French Grenade Exchange students are pictured below. These are our normal expressions.

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