Friday, May 8, 2009

Semester Conclusion and Follow Up

At the conclusion of the spring semester, I came home greatly anticipating my grades. I ended up doing fairly well, receiving score of either an A or A- in all of my courses. Although my GPA went up quite a bit, it wasn't as much as I had hoped. Overall, I think I did well for myself.

I met with Dr. Xie to further discuss my work and the critical importance of citations. I learned it is very simple to plagiarize, even if it is unintentional. Regardless of intentional or unintentional plagiarism, it is still very wrong and carries dire consequences in research. Another issue that was addressed was communication. I will strive to improve and keep Dr. Xie and the graduate students informed of my activities.

We also discussed the research I shall be conducting this summer, deciding on my looking and familiarizing myself with the Pex tool. Thus I have been looking over C# and Pex tutorials since I have not done a lot of programming involving the two. I am constantly talking with Chris as far as the tool and his research is involved. The tool is very interesting and I hope I can apply it well in my summer research.

Outside of all this, I am updating my personal documents (i.e. my resume and website). Thinking back on all I have done at state, I seem to have done a lot outside of research as well. I shall compile all of my activities in an updated resume and ask for Dr. Xie's and the graduate students' opinions. The same applies for the website, although my summer research shall also be documented on it. I shall be making posts to this blog linking to my website about my progress or interesting findings I come across during my summer research.