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About Me

Hello! I'm Theresa Chen, student at Carleton College, class of '22. I am a double major in environmental studies and computer science.

Work Log

Week 1

Working part-time due to still being in school
Tuesday 6/1

  • Attend REU orientation
  • Attend mini data science boot camp

Wednesday 6/2

  • Continue mini data science boot camp

Thursday 6/3

  • Attend Good Research Practices Talk by Dr. Brylow

Week 2

Tuesday 6/8

  • Meet with Dr. Puri, discuss overall research goals
  • Begin literature review

Wednesday 6/9

  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training
  • Attend REU event on technical writing

Thursday 6/10

  • Continue lit review
  • Familiarize self with different ICESAT-2 data products
  • Watch some tutorials from ICESAT-2 hackweek

Friday 6/11

  • Lit review- looking at articles related to areas of interest in the arctic
  • Meet with Dr. Puri
  • Narrow down interest to ATL03 files, start pre-processing data

Week 3

Monday 6/14

  • Continue lit review
  • Explore captoolkit, used to process ATL06 open altimetry data
  • Try to reduce HDF5 file to only variables selected for project

Tuesday 6/15

  • Visualize raw photon height data from selected study area in the arctic
  • Experiment with data visualizations
  • Review past paper from old REU participant Erin Doyle
  • Meet with Dr. Puri, decide to expand variable selection

Wednesday 6/16

  • Working on processing HDF5 to csv
  • Went to REU Professional Event
  • Created REU Wiki pages

Thursday 6/17

  • Double checking data sets by visualizing photon heights to see if elevation makes sense
  • Obtaining datasets for several areas near the arctic circle
  • Beginning machine learning tutorials using "keras" package.