I have neglected original intention of this blog, being to describe my experiences doing astronomy research at Harvard, so here’s an update.
Things are going well, I have results from my astrochemistry project and I am now working on writing a paper and making a presentation. My advisor has all but told me that I will get into one of my top grad school choices, so that is a pretty motivating thought. I also decided to apply for the NSF Fellowship this fall. Not many people get it before they get to grad school (you can apply again after you are in grad school) but if I do get it, I get a pretty nice stipend for 3 years that is applicable to any US grad school. So that would be pretty cool, but I’m not holding my breath.
I also finalized my list of 12 grad schools that I will apply to (in order of desirability):
University of Arizona
UC Santa Cruz
So that’s a pretty hefty list but all the applications are more or less the same. It would be nice (and not out of the question) to get in to Harvard but at the same time, I think I already have an in at Columbia with exomoonologist David Kipping, who is excited about me potentially going there to start his research group. By all accounts and my own impressions, he would be a great grad advisor and I would undoubtedly become a competent researcher under his tutelage. Best not to think to far ahead I guess.
Anyway, nothing too eventful has happened, research day in and day out. So much programming, but my python skills have increased dramatically. Everyone at the Center for Astrophysics has continued to be really nice and awesome and helpful. My research here will turn into a published paper, so that would be pretty cool to get going.