This summer, I will be working on a research project about lithium-ion battery degradation at Stanford University. My role as the computer science intern will be to use data analysis to better inform the material science researchers’ conclusions.
I jumped at the chance to work on this project for two reasons:
- I have never done research before outside of coursework
- I am interested in further pursuing these fields of study
Research has always felt intimidating to me. Even now, at the start of my internship, I still do not feel completely confident in this field. I would say this fear stems from the concern that I won’t be prepared or experienced enough to meet all of my research goals. Despite these concerns, I know discomfort acts as an effective catalyst for change. I hope to use this energy towards learning and developing professionally this summer.
The second reason I chose this internship was to explore the fields of Machine Learning and computational sustainability. I plan to take more coursework in these fields before graduation and potentially in graduate school. I think this internship will help to confirm whether I truly enjoy these topics through the real world exposure I will gain.