The RECCS program has allowed me more breadth to the world of academia. Not only has it given me research experience, but has began to re-wire my mind in a way I never thought. I feel that I have learned more in three weeks than I have in two years of courses at FRCC. Having a better understanding… Read More


Modern day math is intense! In one’s mathematic career through school everything is done with pencil and paper in order to better understand the fundamentals of the equations you’re using. It’s easy to fill a page with numbers when solving a calculus problem and showing all your work. And though it’s good for one’s self… Read More


During the first couple of weeks while working on my project, I was really worried that I would not be able to keep up with the work my mentor was asking me to do. Starting with virtually no coding experience, it has taken some time but I have finally found my footing! Troubleshooting broken code is… Read More


Many of the scientists in my division described my first week as a fire hose to the mouth as they continued to throw new information at me before I had a chance to digest what I had learned five minutes before. The analogy is very true. I would learn some important Linux, or, R command… Read More


Climate change is a contemporary hot topic issue, mostly because people that deny it consider it to be an economic burden to put funding into environmental security and research.  But for the people who pay attention to the FACTS, it is a cause of concern about all the variables that come with that change, and… Read More


This week has been a breath of fresh air as I sat with my mentor and created a plan for the summer. My mentor, Rick, has been graciously patient, and I am SO thankful for that! Something we have brainstormed while looking at different research questions was a possible collaboration with all of us in… Read More


Several years ago, my father told me that whenever he heard the song, “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus, he thought about me. Mind you, at the time, I was a rebellious, angsty teenager who refused to be associated with that song. As I’ve grown older, however, that is one of the most meaningful associations I’ve… Read More


In the past I’ve had to find extra tasks to stay busy in my jobs and this internship is quite the opposite! There is always something to work on, to read, to help with or to learn. Google search has become my best friend, and I find myself using words that I didn’t know the meaning… Read More


Both of my mentors returned this week, and have given me clarity and direction in the division’s work. The last several days I have been immersed in ‘Unix’ and ‘R’ languages at the terminal all day.  7 days ago I had never heard of either of these programming languages, and now I am successfully navigating… Read More


Since day one I’ve had all the numbers I’ll be using for the summer, and my mentor has allowed me to have my project as open-ended in approach as I want it to be. With this mass of data in conjunction with using a program I’ve never used before in a program language I’ve only… Read More