Music in the Stars – How To End a Research Project in 30 Days – Anne Katherine

Wrapping up a research project is harder than you my imagine. There is the letting go aspect, being  able to come to terms with what you have and allow that to be good enough, the emotional side, the melancholy feeling laying your work down in the archives of your computer after months or even years of hard work, and finally the joyful but hectic stretch to the finish line.

My work as of late has not been especially noteworthy. This week my mentor Gabriele emailed me her suggestions for my paper as did a few of the teachers at my school. Most of the week was spent editing and reediting (to use the passive voice or not to use the passive voice?) until I couldn’t stand the sight of the thing. Later today I am meeting with Teacher Jen here at Westtown to go over the paper once more. I am hoping that after this go round I will be ready to send the paper to William and Mary professor Dr. Chris Carone for final approval. Then, I will submit my work to six journals, a list that I finalized just a few days ago:

1. Chronicle of the New Researcher 

2. The Journal of Young Investigators

3. The National Journal of High School Science 

4. The Journal of Experimental Secondary Science 

5. Journeys 

6. The Journal of Emerging Investigators

These journals each have a different affiliation. For example, Chronicle of the New Researcher is affiliated with Sigma Xi and The Journal of Emerging Investigators with Harvard GSAS. (Speaking of, I should hear back from the Harvard admissions office about an admission decision in the next few days!) All are high school level science journals except for The Journal of Young Investigators which is an undergraduate research journal to which I must submit my work under the signature of Dr. Chris Carone.

The highlight of my week was when Dr. Wanda Diaz, a brilliant astrophysicist and the mind behind Star Songs, found my blog and reached out to me! I was beyond thrilled to hear from her! She offered to put me in touch with Dr. Sonnert, a physics professor at Harvard and one of the composers of the Star Songs music. Of course, I said yes! I am so excited to be able to correspond with Dr. Diaz about her inspiring work.

Until next time, have the merriest of Christmases and the happiest of New Years!

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The Chandra X-Ray Observatory which recorded X-rays for Star Songs 

Image Credit: “Star Songs: From X-Rays to Music.” Star Songs: From X-Rays to Music. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2014.

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