Overview of things learned:
- Technical: Using Limma to find differentially expressed genes, visualization of results using packages in R, writing well-commented code in R
- Tools: R Studio and associated packages
- Soft skills: Pacing, communication with teammates. After not being able to work with my team on Week 1’s deliverables due to time issues, I was behind and felt like I was lacking in initiative and contributions. I made sure my group was aware of my intention to catch up, and then I took most of the week to make up on lost ground - pacing myself especially over the weekend to complete the Week 2 deliverables on my own before comparing notes with them on Monday.
Three achievement highlights:
- One thing I’m very proud of after this past week was my growth in using R. For the longest time, I’ve disliked languages that weren’t Python, which led to some hesitation in learning others such as Java/R. I’m even taking a statistics in R course at my university, but I’ve written most of my code in Python (which the professor allowed, funnily enough). With the week’s deliverables, however, I actually sat down and forced myself to understand R syntax over sessions that probably amounted to 12+ hours. The fact that I finished about 100 lines of R code is something I’m pretty happy about.
- Consulting R documentation. When facing challenges with certain packages, I looked up documentation to understand function parameters and usage. This is something I normally avoid in Python because of the plethora of Stack Overflow posts available, but R seems to have a lot less of those.
- Initialized a Git repository for my project folder. Definitely going to look into making use of this/keeping it updated and potentially uploading to Github as well.
List of meetings attended:
- Team meeting 7/27
Goals for the upcoming week:
- More engagement with the Stem-Away team. I’m intending to go to Thursday’s Office Hours and Friday’s Happy Hours (for once), so hopefully this isn’t too late of a step towards engagement.
- Pacing on deliverables. I’m nearing finals week for my university courses, so time will definitely be hard-pressed once again. To address this, I’ll be increasing my time management awareness and incrementally chip away at the project through the week rather than putting it off.
- Stronger intuition and understanding of the project. I find that I can be easily lose track of the big picture and main idea behind projects when focusing on code and debugging. I’d like to increase my awareness of the biological concepts and tools that propel this week’s deliverables.