So… I’m back in DeKalb right now. I’m taking part in the Summer Research Opportunity Program that is organized by the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning. The program duration is 8 weeks and I’m sure it’s going to be awesome.

The program began this past Monday. Throughout the course of this week, SROP participants have been in a variety of workshops. It has been an interesting and challenging experience so far. I have spent most of my time this week reading through literature pertinent to my field – it’s a lot of material to cover! Our research proposals were originally due this Friday, but the deadline has been pushed back until Monday. I have made good progress on my proposal and I think I’ll only need to do some grammar checks this weekend. I was originally nervous about writing a complete proposal in under a week, but it wasn’t too bad. Not having classes really makes it a lot easier to focus on my research (unlike this past fall and spring).

I’m really excited to start the actual work on my research. It’s based on creating simulations to test models, so I have quite a bit of coding to do. While I have been working on code since the middle of May, I still have a lot to do and I’m excited to get to work on it. I’m also finding the subject itself pretty interesting, so I think I’m going to enjoy working on every facet of this project this summer.

Well, that’s about it for now. You’ll hear more about my research in my next blog post.

Don’t SROP Believing.