Meet our Summer 2012 Undergraduate Student Intern Sam

Tue, 09/18/2012 - 16:30 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Sam was one of the seven interns who were working this summer at the Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies. Sam just finished his freshman year at Carnegie Mellon University where he is pursuing a degree in Math and Physics. His responsibility this summer was checking and moving data from our twenty existing databases
to a new streamlined database. This was a very successful project and will make the life of our collections manager Jim Holstein much easier. This was Sam's second summer at the Robert A. Pritzker Center and Sam agreed to also served as the intern supervisor while Jim and Philipp were away. Before he left to continue his university studies we asked him a few questions:
What are your educational/career goals?
Though I am a double major in Math and Physics, I am not sure what I want to with it, but it's nice having options.
What have you taken away from this summer internship?
New friends, a respect for museums (particularly the Field Museum), a great summer experience and new knowledge about meteorites as well as excellent role models.
What have you learned from working with meteorites?
I have learned about the wide varieties of meteorites and their various physical characteristics. Some meteorites have remained untouched by terrestrial geologic processes and this teaches us about the solar system as well as what the universe was like before our solar system was formed.

Our undergraduate student intern Sam posing next to the Canyon Diablo meteorite in the Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies. Photo by James L. Holstein.