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Day 2: Classes and Lab tours

Aug 9, 2010   //   by Anna Zaniewski   //   Compass News, Summer Program 2010  //  1 Comment

Classes began today!  I didn’t get a chance to witness the magic, but I can say that the tour of the Zettl lab was epic.  We saw nanotubes and lithography samples in the scanning electron microscope, got a rockin’ demonstration of nanotube synthesis, and saw the transmission electron microscope, scanning tunneling microscope, and atomic force microscope.  Five students attended this tour, and the other students were split into a tour of the Sadoulet labs and Stamper-Kurn labs.   I don’t know what happened on those tours- but I’m sure they were great as well.

The first full day of Compass: different than before

Aug 9, 2010   //   by Anna Zaniewski   //   Compass News, Summer Program 2010  //  2 Comments

For this year’s summer program, we tried something we haven’t done before in Compass: giving the students a full day of activities to get to know each other before starting classes.

In previous years, we always jumped right in on the first day with classes.  We decided to try to make the goal of building community more explicit this year, and felt that having the first day be classes-free would help further that goal.  The schedule was scavenger hunt in the morning, liquid nitrogen ice cream social in the afternoon, followed by some free time- which ended up being frisbee (as per the compass tradition)- and a game night in the evening.

The Welcome Speech

Aug 8, 2010   //   by Anna Zaniewski   //   Compass News, Summer Program 2010  //  No Comments

Last night, Harjit Singh, Compass student from 2009, delivered a great welcome speech.  He left everyone laughing and moved with his sweet sincerity.   Here’s what he delivered to the crowd of 80 students, families, grad students and faculty:

For all the incoming freshmen sitting here, you’re probably wondering what you’re getting yourself into.  To be honest with you, a year ago, I had no idea either.  The thing is, for the summer program at least, you’re going to be confused, lost, frustrated, and by the end, completely exhausted.  But during the whole experience, you’re going to have an unbelievable amount of fun, and I’m not just saying that because I’m getting a free dinner.  To shed some light on Compass, I’ll talk just briefly about its history and what you can expect from the program.

The 2010 Summer Program Begins!

Aug 8, 2010   //   by Anna Zaniewski   //   Compass News, Summer Program 2010  //  No Comments

Compass 2010 is officially kicked off!   The students arrived to day, trickling in from an early arrival at 2 to the last minute arrivals just before dinner.  It was wonderful having the help of so many veteran Compass students to check in the new students, help them find their rooms, show them around campus and reassure them that Compass is Awesome.

At the dinner, a student from last year’s class gave an amazing welcome speech, more on that later….

Compass and the Fear

Aug 5, 2010   //   by Anna Zaniewski   //   Compass News, Summer Program 2010  //  2 Comments

The Compass summer program is about to begin.  And I am afraid.
I am a graduate student, in physics, and I’ve been doing a lot of the coordinating for the program.  The goal of my efforts has been pretty simple:  enable the incoming students to build community amongst each other and with the older Compass students and graduate students.  I have been involved with Compass for three years now, and I know we are going to have a great program – everyone involved from the teachers to the RAs to the coordinators – have been working together for months to build something beautiful and unique.  But here I am, just over a day away from the start of the program, and I feel a little sick in the stomach.

Is it from too many cookies consumed this afternoon at the cookie party?  Perhaps.  The home made thin mints and “smooches” were quite addictively delicious.  But really, I know the reason: the Fear.

Compass Project 2010 is here!

Aug 5, 2010   //   by Joel Corbo   //   Compass News, Summer Program 2010  //  No Comments

In less than a day, 17 freshmen will be arriving on Berkeley’s campus to take part in the 4th ever Compass Project Summer Program! I’ve been with the Compass Project since the first Summer Program in 2007, and the imminent arrival of this sure-to-be awesome group of people has me feeling as excited as I felt during my first Summer Program (ie, really darned excited!). Many people, both grad students and undergrads, have been working hard all summer to make this what I suspect will be the best Summer Program to date.

In addition to new students, this blog is also a new feature for Compass. I think a good way to christen it would be to use it to do a bit of “live blogging” from the Summer Program, so check back here frequently to see what we’re up to. Hopefully we’ll have something new for you every day.

Welcome to the Compass Project

Jun 23, 2010   //   by Allen Rabinovich   //   Compass News  //  No Comments

Welcome to the Compass Project’s brand new website. We are still setting up here, so pardon our appearance while we do viagra en tunisie. In the mean time, we’d like to mention that this webpage is hosted by Steadfast Networks, which is generously donating their services. As a thank you for their kindness, please consider using their services for your hosting needs.