Posted on June 30, 2013 by Gordan Buckingham
I’m waiting in LAX for my flight to CLT. It has been a great learning experience, coming up with a research question and attempting to answer it. Even if I didn’t answer anything conclusively in the timespan I had, I learned a lot of new tools and methods that can be applied to other projects. This program showed me that science really is an iterative process. A student next year might read my project and decide to approach the problem in a different way. Everything builds off something else.
The knowledge of the professors, the teaching assistants, and the fellow students helped everyone learn and approach their research question in the best way possible. The last few weeks have showed me that science is largely collaborative. People need to share, discuss, and build off others’ ideas. Very little science is done in isolation.
I want to thank the National Science Foundation, Cal State Long Beach, and everyone who helped the REU for the great experience I have had in O’ahu.