Category Archives: Tips for Undergrads

How to Succeed in Hard Science Classes

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So I think at least once in everyone’s college career there is that one class that just becomes the bane of your existence. Either the professor cannot explain the subject well enough, or the material itself is practically in another language (Read: Physics). For me as a chemistry major, these classes were E&M Physics, Chemical Thermodynamics, Multivariable Calculus and the NMR Spectroscopy part of Organic Chemistry. Evil! Evil! Evil!

Yet, somehow I passed! Not always with a perfect A, but close enough that my GPA survived! 🙂

How did I manage, you ask! Here are my tips and tricks on surviving those evil, difficult classes!

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An Awesome Opportunity: NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP)

Due to a change in funding, the website and contact information for SARP has changed. The dates, deadlines and links have all been updated within the post to reflect the new information for the SARP 2019 application cycle. Information is accurate as of Jan 2, 2019

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Two summers ago, I was granted a fabulous opportunity to be a part of the NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP). This program is directed at rising senior undergrads in STEM majors with the aim of allowing students to get hands-on experience in scientific research! And when I say “hands-on,” I mean hands on.

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How to Read (Science) Journal Articles

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I remember one of the most daunting tasks I had as an undergrad researcher was reading science articles. I could just not sit down and read one, much less understand what they were trying to tell me! It’s like it went in one ear and out the other… or the sight-seeing equivalent I guess.

Well, eventually, after many, many, many journal articles after, I can actually read and (sort of) understand what they’re trying to tell me! Turns out I just needed to find own way of reading them. Since I’m a visual person, that meant colored pens or going through various annotating apps on my tablet…

So, in hopes this helps at least one researcher in the very beginnings of their career, I shall now present my own personal method of annotating and understanding journal articles!

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Study Tips for Headache Sufferers

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So according to my doctor, a side affect from being an awesome “type A” personality that gets shit done is apparently getting frequent headaches that make doing work so much more difficult. As if my workload wasn’t enough to deal with, I apparently have to get headaches on top of all that too. Just my luck. (I mean, at least I don’t have to deal with migraines, because that’s a whole other ball game. Though I was warned that may be in my future… D:)

So how do I still keep the ball rolling when my temples feel like they’re being pounded by a sledgehammer? Well, I let me show you the tips that work for me!

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