"I worked with a set of datasets of TARA Ocean data. I applied different mathematical data integration techniques to analyze the datasets together. I produced a presentation and overview of my findings to guide a paper proposal and the lab's further study of the data. MIT's emphasis on analytical and computational methods helped me to quickly learn new math concepts. I also felt prepared by MIT to take initiative on a largely independent project. My coworkers were all very friendly and willing to practice Spanish with me over lunch."