The past few weeks have seen me be very busy conducting experiment sets. Amir and I have been conducting between 3 and 7 experiments most days and are soon going to be moving on to analyzing all of the data we have collected. As the weeks have been progressing the other REU students and I have been exploring the Minneapolis area more and more. I have been to two Minnesota United FC matches and am planning on attending another this weekend.
This past weekend I went to a Minnesota United MLS game and my fellow REU members and I took an Uber to Uptown Minneapolis to explore the area and see some of the sights that Minneapolis has to offer. This week I hope to begin my research project in earnest and am looking forward to learning more about debris flow mechanics.
This has been my first week working every day at the Civil Engineering building on the campus of the University of Minnesota. I have gotten to know my advisor, as well as the two graduate students, Jared and Amir, that I will be working with throughout the summer. Myself and some of the other REU students are planning to attend a Minnesota United soccer match this weekend.
My flight left for Minneapolis at 5 in the morning, and I was obviously quite tired by the time I made it to my dorm around 10 local time on Sunday. Monday morning the members of the REU group were all introduced to each other and given a tour of St. Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL) where we learned more about the individual projects we would be undertaking throughout the summer. On Tuesday we left for Cloquet, Minnesota, and spent Tuesday through Thursday on an Ojibwe reservation mentoring younger kids at a science camp. This was an unexpected experience for many of us, but I think it contributed heavily to our group becoming fast friends. Friday I met my advisor, Dr. Kimberly Hill, and learned more about my summer research project and so far this weekend some of the other students and I have gotten a chance to explore the Dinkytown area of Minneapolis.