Hello avid blog readers! I finally received the okay to blog about my experiences here in San Luis Obispo, California. I’ve actually already been working here for a month! What brings me to this wonderful town where I don’t have to check my weather app because it’s always 75 degrees? Where I can leave the apartment with wet hair because there’s no humidity to make it frizz? Where I have to wear shades when I sit near a window because of the cloudless sky? Well, I am part of the REU program at the California Polytechnical State University. REU stands for Research Experiences for Undergraduates, and colleges across the country have funding for these summer programs through the National Science Foundation. If you’re an undergraduate engineering or science major reading this, I highly recommend going to the website and applying for them, they’re a sweet deal. I and nine other environmental, biosystems, chemical, mechanical, or civil engineering majors from across the country (Maine, Texas, Florida, California, and Oklahoma) are being put up on campus for the summer to do research under the Global Waste Research Institute. Each student was picked by a professor to help her/him with her/his research in the sustainable reuse or remediation of toxic and/or organic waste. Here’s a view of the upperclassman on campus housing…it’s almost as nice as Sayre Park Village.
July 14, 2014
Cal Poly, or Cali Paradise?
I am a Lehigh University IDEAS Environmental Engineering student focusing on a mix of biology, chemistry, environmental science, and sustainability. This summer I am participating in the Low-Energy Sustainable Farming Mountaintop Project at Lehigh, after coming back from a semester abroad in Freiburg, Germany. The previous summer I participated in an REU at Cal Poly researching phytoremediation. I am passionate about environmental remediation and want to pursue a career in the field after (fingers crossed) going to grad school. I am a flautist in the LU Philharmonic Orchestra, a student tutor for orgo, a member of LU's Finest step dancing team, and an inmate tutor for the Lehigh Prison Project. I like to rock climb, run, read, and play ukulele! View all posts by ludevon16
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