Overall the entire introductory week was very informative and insightful. It helped me mentally prepare for the expectations of the internship and get to know my fellow interns, mentors, and program directors. The science communication workshop, science process training with Jenny Briggs, , project discussion, sample talk from Hannah, and field note taking with Amy… Read More


Oh gosh, where do I even begin? From experiencing the beauty that is Colorado to meeting some absolutely brilliant minds, I’m having an incredible time so far. Sometimes, it feels like a dream, but it’s actually my reality. Like, whoa! I’m so happy with all of the friendships I’m building through RECCS, because everyone in… Read More


This is Henry Arndt reporting for the first time on the RECCS program. This experience is already so special to me. I toured a federal science building that was beyond my wildest dreams. I discovered new GIS mapping programs (my favorite hobby), and I at last am starting to grasp the intuition in the world… Read More


The first week of the RECCS program was one of the most phenomenal experiences of my life! I had the opportunity to meet and really connect with 10 other interns from all sorts of backgrounds as well as numerous scientists that I have looked up to for a long time. We were taught several tips… Read More


As part of the busy (but fun) introductory week, the 2017 RECCS cohort enjoyed a tour of NOAA visiting with scientists from the National Weather Service, the Space Weather Prediction Center, and Science On a Sphere. This year, four students are based at NOAA , five students are with CIRES, one student is at INSTAAR, and another… Read More


January 2nd, 2017 It has been 5 months since I wrote my last blog entry and since I completed the RECCS program. It is unbelievable how much this internship has positively impacted my life within such a short amount of time. I am grateful every day for the amazing summer that I had. It was… Read More


July 17th, 2016 This week I determined if any of my plate and PMA samples had contaminants in them using my OTU table, determined if the effect of the resuscitation factors on the community composition had statistical significance, observed the diversity of different data subsets (plates, north-facing, south-facing, PMA samples, etc.), determined taxa that are… Read More


July 23rd, 2016 This week I finished up my data processing and finalized the figures for my poster and oral presentation, put together the rough draft of my project poster, and had a phone interview with science writer from CU Boulder to talk about my experience at RECCS. At the communication workshop, I participated in… Read More


*Excuse this post going up at such an odd time in the night, but I just had to let some of these thoughts escape my mind. * This is the end! This is the beginning of the last week, and boy doesn’t this feel so surreal! As I’m working on finalizing my poster and PowerPoint-… Read More