Week six gave us lots of background to move progress along. In the first couple weeks of the internship I read a lot about thermal desorption techniques and at first it was confusing. It feels great when you research something about some sort of technique and then you go to carry it out and IT… Read More


Hey friends, I hope everyone had a great time celebrating the red, white and blue! The holiday made for a short and easy week, however, the research updates for week five aren’t as exciting as it has been. Besides trying to stay updated with the FIFA World Cup, I did still get some preparations finished.… Read More


Alright! Week 4 was a banger! For starters, I got my first data sheet on Excel. At first, I didn’t know what to do with a 900 by 300 worksheet! After a few YouTube videos and some nudges from my mentor, I was able to organize the data into something usable. So that’s good. However,… Read More


It was a bright sunny morning when suddenly the fire alarm went off during the middle of my shower! My first thought: Are you serious?! I haven’t even put shampoo in yet! After all the Bear Creek residents scrambled out of the building, a firetruck showed up and firemen investigated the building to find no… Read More


Week two as a RECCS student researcher involved stepping into a new realm of possibilities. The possibility of calling myself a scientist! The qualifications to be a scientist may be simpler than I have perceived, however, working on this scientific project has become very interesting. With highs and lows, just like many things in life,… Read More


My first week as a RECCS student was a great ice-breaker for the rest of the summer. The beginning of the week included professional introductions and orientation. With the help of the generous, hospitable, and knowledgeable staff, there is a strong foundation for growth. I had the opportunity to meet with a fellow researcher, Mitch,… Read More