What’s an REU?

It can be extremely intimidating to get started in research at the undergraduate level. Know that you’re not alone in your feelings of inadequacy while daring to think about research, The truth is that anyone can do research and the fears we have about joining a group are always more detrimental than real.

Professor Raja talks shares his own experiences feeling the very same way described. We also get to see other students share their feelings about the fears of being in a group and believing their out of place. By the end of the meeting students talked about how inspired they were to have heard a professor having the same fears and feelings as students.


16:40:00 From Ava Webber : Sounds great!
16:40:48 From Katie Dalton : how does research work with distance learning?
16:46:32 From Katie Dalton : yes!
17:08:13 From Lauren : Do you think undergraduates from Cabrillo or other colleges/universities take part in UCSC or hisn research programs.
17:08:26 From Lauren : *his own
17:08:30 From Shashank Dharanibalan : Starting and getting in is very scary
17:09:05 From Annette (she/her) : I want to clarify something mentioned earlier, did you say that emailing a faculty member is the least effective way to get into research?
17:10:24 From Annette (she/her) : Oh I understand now, thank you
17:10:28 From Shashank Dharanibalan : I am most concerned about my technical level, and my knowledge of faculty’s work and the variety in their conduct and running of their research
17:10:32 From Ava Webber : And when he said “cold” emails, I think he means emailing people that you don’t know personally. If you know them then it’s more effective 🙂
17:11:24 From Eva Schmidt : I’m most concerned with balancing my time during the quarter with research
17:11:34 From Annette (she/her) : I see, thank you for adding that @ Ava
17:12:25 From Alberto Baez : I’ll ask him the unseen questions in just a moment. Thank you for your questions!
17:16:33 From Julia Stewart : I have to go to ACE for my physics class now, but this was a really informative event so far, thank you for hosting it!
17:17:16 From Eva Schmidt : “Imposter Complex” and everyone has it
17:18:19 From Shashank Dharanibalan : Schwarzschild from Schwarzschild radius?
17:18:24 From Ava Webber : Yes!
17:21:15 From Amishi Sanghi : that’s so cool omg
17:21:32 From Fiza Rahman : I know right! ^
17:21:33 From Shashank Dharanibalan : The connectedness between people is so fascinating
17:21:38 From Amishi Sanghi : ^^
17:22:39 From Fiza Rahman : Really inspired
17:22:41 From Shashank Dharanibalan : More confident than before
17:22:44 From Lauren : feeling better
17:22:45 From Amishi Sanghi : raja is so lovely
17:22:49 From Fiza Rahman : ^
17:22:54 From Alexis P : ^
17:23:21 From Ava Webber : He is! I love when professors are down to earth
17:23:40 From Fiza Rahman : Hi!!
17:26:53 From Anna Lewicki to Alberto Baez(Privately) : Hi Alberto, I’m a bit conflicted on requesting research positions from professors because I’m planning on studying abroad in the fall (if covid allows). Should I just wait to ask around until a bit before I come back or should I still ask around and apply to programs?
17:27:38 From Alberto Baez to Anna Lewicki(Privately) : Thank you for your question, let me present
17:28:19 From Benjamin Zhu : I just want to ask, do professors get annoyed by us constantly emailing them about the basics of their researches. I know they are very busy.
17:29:30 From Alberto Baez to Anna Lewicki(Privately) : Great question Benjamin, i’ll ask it next
17:29:36 From Alberto Baez to Anna Lewicki(Privately) : oops sorry
17:29:47 From Verenise Martinez : Wow thank you so much for speaking about your journey through research. It was really nice to listen to you experience as well, makes me feel more motivated to continue in research. I have to go but this was an amazing event!
17:29:49 From Alberto Baez to Benjamin Zhu(Privately) : Great question Benjamin, i’ll ask it next

17:35:12 From Eva Schmidt : Also, sharing your face in class/meetings makes a much stronger connection and makes you more memorable
17:38:04 From Ava Webber : I sent an email as well lol
17:38:19 From Alberto Baez : ucscsps.com
17:38:25 From Siuling (she) Pau-Sanchez : thank you Ava!
17:38:34 From Ava Webber : Sure! 🙂
17:38:53 From Ash : I’m here from Cabrillo WiSE! thanks for forwarding us the email, this has been great!
17:38:58 From Benjamin Zhu : thank you for hosting this
17:39:04 From Lauren : Cabrillo Wise too!
17:39:12 From Nico P : Cabrillo too
17:39:12 From Jeremiah Ockenfuss : thanks! this was cool
17:39:14 From Annette (she/her) : Thank you so much! This was very insightful
17:39:16 From Alberto Baez : Thank you for coming!
17:39:19 From Nico P : thank you!
17:39:19 From Shashank Dharanibalan : Thank you Prof Raja, your experience and words were enlightening!
17:39:21 From Siuling (she) Pau-Sanchez : thanks to Lillian for contacting Cabrillo students!
17:39:27 From Lauren : ^
17:39:29 From Srujan Dandu : Yes thank you, this was very helpful!
17:39:36 From Ava Webber : Thank you SPS for setting this up and thanks so much Raja!
17:39:44 From Anna Lewicki : Thank you this was great!
17:39:46 From Fiza Rahman : Thank You prof Raja!! This was very inspiring. !!
17:39:48 From Alexis P : Thank you for your words of wisdom! This was very inspirational!
17:40:00 From Jeremiah Ockenfuss : ay im in santa rosa
17:40:06 From Raja GuhaThakurta : Thank you all for your kind words!
17:40:53 From Ash to Alberto Baez(Privately) : Thank you Alberto! Could I also get a follow up email as well.
17:41:06 From Ash to Alberto Baez(Privately) : my email is ashley.bouchahine@gmail.com.
17:41:14 From Andrew Seat : thanks
17:41:23 From Tony Zhou : thank you

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