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  • My Summer Research, Part 1

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    My research poster, presented at Rutgers University on August 1st 2014 (click to embiggen)

    I thought it might be interesting to write a post about what I’ve been doing all summer besides making podcasts with my bro-host. To catch anyone up who doesn’t know (and to lay it out and consider it for myself) I’m an undergraduate student majoring in physics at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. It’s a very strange thing. I haven’t written much about it, though I’ve mentioned it several times on the aforementioned podcast. Being a 32 year old undergrad surrounded by 19 and 20 year olds is a little bizarre and disconcerting. For some reason I constantly feel the need to announce that I am, in fact, comparatively old. I don’t know why. If I had to guess I’d say it’s some sort of defense mechanism. I tend to, when confronted by something that may be awkward in the future, like having to explain that I am ten to twelve years older than everyone in the room, get nervous and blurt out the thing that is the source of my nervousness or anxiety. I’ve tried to cut back on it, because I think all it serves to do is build a wall between myself and my fellow students. All of that really has nothing to with my research, but I thought I’d get it down in written form because, like I said, I feel the need to blurt out the thing that is the source of my anxiety. Although, I think it might come back into play at the end of this post.

    For those who don’t know, STEM fields (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) have boss internships. They’re usually paid and you usually get to jump into real life research with real life scientists right away. They’re called REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) and they pay, on average, $4000 for 10 weeks of research. Now, an important piece of information is that I quit my job at Ace Hardware way back in March so that I could focus 100% on school (after failing my Linear Algebra mid-term and having to drop the class). It paid off actually and I ended up finishing my first year as a physics undergrad with a 4.0. But, I was living entirely on student loans, meaning I would have no income for the summer. My plan for the summer was to apply for a summer REU for both the money and the research experience. I applied to over 30 different internships. By the time most of the acceptance deadlines had happened in May, I had received over 30 rejection emails. Things were looking bleak. I really did not want to get a regular summer job.

    Luckily, Rowan’s physics department took applications at the end of April for their summer internships, and I felt I had a pretty good chance to get one of those. Apparently it’s easier to get an internship at your home institution first and then do your next one someplace else. Around the same time, on the advice of the head of the department, I also applied for something called the New Jersey Space Grant. It’s a grant ¬†from NASA that supports aerospace research by students in New Jersey. The deadline for announcing the winners of that grant came and went, which was disappointing. However, I got an internship at Rowan, which meant that I didn’t have to get a summer job. Then, strangely enough I got an email saying that I got the NJ Space Grant. See, turns out that when I sent my application (by mail, because they only accepted application by mail for some weird reason) that they lost it and only found it again after they had announced internships. But, because I had a 4.0, they decided that I deserved that grant and so they gave it to me, but my internship position would remain at Rowan. Basically, I got slightly more money for my internship and Rowan got to keep the money they were going to pay me. Plus, I get to say that I won a Space Grant. SPACE! GRANT!

    So, that brings me to the research part of my research. My field of interest is astronomy, you know, space stuff. However, my internship was with a researcher whose focus was on materials science. Don’t take that to mean that I don’t find materials science interesting, it’s just not what I plan on doing as a career. In fact, on day one I got to to learn how to use a big scary x-ray machine with the glowing radiation trefoil on it.

    So ends part 1 of my summer research. I’m going to do a follow up post that focuses more on the research itself. So, if you want to know about that, come back in a week.

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  • My Biannual Update of Life Events or TL;DR

    It’s that time of year, when I remember I have a blog and try to write something in it. Into the gaping maw, the yawning chasm (the yawning maw? sounds kind of cute actually) that is the blank page. I’d apologize for not posting more, but who would I be apologizing to? Marie? Hi Marie. Garth maybe? Hello Garth. So no, I’m not apologizing for not updating this blog. Part of this post will have to do with updating this blog though. No, the reason I’m writing here is not for anyone else. Because, like I said, no one else reads this blog really. It’s really just a way to organize my thoughts about the current state of my life and my future plans and aspirations (such as they are). The reason to make it public is so that future generations can be inspired by these words. Or not.

    The current state of affairs in the life of Chris are thus: I manage a Radio Shack. I live with my roommate and friend Josh. I am currently significant other-less. I spend most of my free time reading comic books, watching TV and playing video games. I think my ten year old self would actually be pretty happy with such a life. However, my almost thirty year old self is dissatisfied.

    Unfortunately I have never learned the value or even the mechanics of motivating myself so I often just accept a situation I’m not satisfied with instead of changing it. Now, I’m trying to change my habit of not trying to change. But, changing is hard.

    What do I want to change? For starters, I’d like to have a different job. A common complaint I’m sure. Either I’d like to have a job that I enjoy doing like painting (any kind really) or a job that doesn’t take up so much of my time and energy. That way I could pursue my own interests and avocations in my free time. Working at Radio Shack takes eats up eight hours a day, six days a week. More if you count commute times and when my employees call me on my days off with stupid questions.

    So, get another job right? You may not have heard but “the economy*” is not doing too hot and unemployment is something like ten percent which is high for America, or something. I don’t want to quit my job before I have another one lined up and it’s hard to look for a job when you’re working close to fifty hours a week at the job you hate. Bit of a catch-22. What I could do is save up some money to cover my expenses for a few months, quit my current job and then use the extra time to find work.

    That brings me to my first plan: Let Chris Fix It! “Let Chris Fix It!” is a side business where I do general electronics troubleshooting using the some of the experience I’ve gained from working at RadioShack. If successful this could help take care of problem number one, also known as hating my job. I’ve started the ball rolling on this by registering the domain www.letchrisfixit.com. Marie, she of Alcatraz, has agreed to help me with the website design. I also got a Square account to enable me to take credit card payments from my potential customers. I also grabbed some free business cards from VistaPrint until I can afford some more professional ones.

    Plan the second: Doing art for fun and profit. You may or may not know this, but I love me some drawing and comic books (Since I’m mostly writing this for myself, I do in fact, know this). I would like to, either professionally or as an accomplished amateur, make comics. There’s nothing really stopping me from doing this actually. Nothing except my own fear, self-doubt and lack of work ethic. Right now, I am making a public vow (because I would never break a public vow right?) that I will draw one thing a day and publish somewhere on the web every day starting April first two thousand eleven. An addition to this plan is also to sell my art on Etsy. I have an Etsy store and have sold a total of zero items in the past two months. Go me. I plan on posting higher quality scans of my work and redesigning the layout of the store (possibly with help from the incomparably talented Marie [she sure is getting a lot of mentions in this post huh?]).

    Plan three: Plan Harder: Going back to school and finishing my degree. Did you know that I went to a private university for four years and failed to obtain a degree of any kind? You did! Why aren’t you just way to into my personal history. Anyway, yes, I went to Drexel University (home of the fighting Welsh dragons) for film and never graduated. I could say that I got nothing out of those four years of my life, but I still have ten thousand dollars in student loan debt that says otherwise. My plan now is to go back to school and get my bachelor’s degree. But, I’m not going to get a degree in film. I want to get a degree in physics or some other related area of science.

    I love science. I love reading about science, I love the idea of science, I love learning about how science reveals all kind of crazy things about the universe and physics and math were always the easiest subjects in college for me. So a physics or astrophysics degree would combine to things I like: science and not trying very hard.

    I would like to get my degree from a well regarded school, so that some day in the future I might be able to get a job as a real working scientist or at least parlay that knowledge into my other endeavors like writing and drawing kick-ass comic books about science! I’d like to get into the physics program at UC Berkeley. In order to do that I need to take some classes at City College to make sure I fulfill all the transfer requirements for the UC system so I can transfer in as a junior and not start all over as a freshman. In order to do that I have to get my SAT and AP scores so that I can place out of the general education requirements for City College. Whew! I don’t remember getting into college being this hard when I was 18.

    And last, but least, I plan on writing more often here on this blog. Except, this blog will no longer be at thebigfatloser.blogspot.com, but rather will be moved over to www.bennettchristopher.com to be part of my “work”, which will include any art or stories of mine. Basically it will by my portfolio for creative work, as opposed to letchrisfixit.com which will just be for tech support. I’ve had a few features in mind for this blog for a while. I just haven’t had the time, inclination or organization skills to pull it of. Here are some of my ideas for regular series of articles on the new and improved (potentially) blog:

    OKDating. Where I discuss my experiences of using the dating site OKCupid.com for the last seven plus years. Also (humorous) critiques of people’s OKCupid profiles.

    Let Chris Read It. Reviews of what I’ve read in the last week. Mostly about comic books.

    Let Chris Watch It. Reviews of TV shows or movies I’ve watched recently.

    Let Chris Draw It. Where I draw a different thing every day, whether it’s a series of characters or something suggested by a friend or reader (still not sure I’ll ever have a reader).

    SCIENCE! Where I marvel at something cool in science news.

    So…. that’s a lot of stuff huh? To review:

    1) Get a different job or make enough money with my tech support side business to quit my job.

    2) Diligently work on drawing, writing or making art. No excuses, capiche?

    3) Get a degree in physics and eventual a masters in astrophysics or particle physics (shooting for the moon. Get it? Get it?)

    4) Create a website that’s home to my creative work and contribute to it regularly with drawings and articles.

    Now that I’ve written it all out it seems somehow both more and less daunting than before. Less daunting because I can see how each step is possible. More daunting because I can see how many steps there are and how much work it’s going to be. Oh well. Let’s do it.

    P.S. I’m going to WonderCon this weekend, April first through the third and I’ve actually taken time off of work to do so. If there are actually people in San Francisco who read this blog and don’t suck then maybe we can hang out at WonderCon.

    *I may go on a rampage the next time I hear or read the phrase “in this economy“. I get it. The economy is bad. You can shut up now.

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