Seeing is believing 2

Hello everyone Robert here again writing my second blog post. A lot has happened in my research since my last post. My research is broken into several stages defining the problem, generating concepts, developing a solution, and finally constructing and designing my microscope. I have completed the first three stages and am currently in the design process where I am creating sketches and using 3-D modeling techniques to build my microscope. From here I will build my microscope in the machine lab and then test it.

Now let’s discuss how this project went overall. This has been a great learning experience for me and has really helped me in asking in-depth questions whenever I learn something new because I had to a lot during this program. This program has also helped me by showing how important it is to be able to explain my work something that I have fond very challenging but will help he a great deal in the future. I would suggest to anyone reading this to do research as an undergrad it will give you an opportunity to explore the world of research and help you decide if that’s the road you want to take in your future career. This has been fun and I hope the best for all who is reading have a great summer!

Seeing is believing!

Seeing is believing!

Hi my name is Robert Williams I’m a first year Chemical Engineering major at Santa Barbara City College. I am doing research with the INSET program here at UCSB. This program is a summer research opportunity that gives undergrads exposure to research. I am in my third week so far of project INSET. During week one I was introduced to Maria and Erika our program directors. During this first meeting they told us what to expect and what we should learn from our research here over the summer.

During week one I was focused on what will be expected from me as a researcher. During this time I also got to meet my mentor and most of the lab team. From talking to them I got a better sense of my role in the lab and my part over all research goals. I noticed that my lab members are very nice and helpful. When I have a problem they are eager to help me figure it out or refer me to someone who could. I also did a lot of background reading for my project during week one. My project is focused on building an optical system tailor made for microfluidic devices. I don’t have much of a background in optics and I haven’t taken physics yet so I had to read a lot.

Once Week two came around I was fairly comfortable in my lab environment and with asking the people around me for help. During this week I also had to continue doing background research. The reason why I need to read this much is because my system must be able to work 100% on paper way before I pick up a tool and start building my optical system. So week 2 and week 3 so far have consisted of a lot of reading and also finding the proper equations needed to predict how my optical system will behave when fully built.

Finally To whoever reads this and plans on doing research asking questions is very important and will not make you look bad, especially if you have been working hard but became stuck. So don’t be afraid to ask questions!