8 days until astronomy camp

Finals are over at CSULB, and grades are in! My term GPA is a 3.0

My plane leaves Sunday morning. This will be my first REU as a Physics Undergrad.

– Wendy Rivera Chavez

Lack of sleep but totally worth it

I arrived in Tucson, Arizona at the end of May to find an unbearable heat. I went outside for a couple of hours and found that my shoulders had blistered up from severe sunburn. So I decided to spend the rest of my time indoors with AC until the time came to go up to […]

Almost One Year Later…

Hey everyone,

It’s been almost a year since I completed the CAMPARE REU…and I found a blog post that I intended to put up…So I’m putting it up now. I hope this will be of use to all future AstroCamp Cal Poly People!

1) You WILL be operating a telescope. This means you need to […]

Last Day in Arizona… [+ PICTUZ]

Oh man. I’m going to miss this place. I can’t believe that today is my last full day here and I’m driving back to Cali tomorrow.

On Tuesday, I sent in my final worksheet for Anna. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, I packed. Last night, Steph and I went to another landmark location apparently…Franks/Francisco’s. By […]

Spitz, Landmarks, and COOKING GALORE [+ PICTUZ]

I met with Anna Spitz on Thursday to discuss what I’d be doing for the rest of the summer, namely, what program have I created for the Discovery Days and Sky Nights stuff. Right now, I’m working on a formula for Don relating the time the sun sets to the elevation that one is at, […]

Planning for Future Outreach & the Goal of Being a Top Chef! [+ PICTUZ]

So as I’ve posted before, I’m pretty much done with Don’s camps…well…until October when I get to come back (I HOPE!!!) for a Girl Scout Training Weekend!!! But for the rest of the summer, I’m periodically working Discovery Days and Sky Nights with the Mt. Lemmon Sky Center and Anna Spitz. Since Anna is out […]

Camps are over already? [+ PICTUZ]

Well, all of the camps are complete…or at least all of the camps with Don are done. I’m still kind of expecting for there to be more, even I know there won’t be. We’re about to get into monsoon season here so it’s getting humid. I miss the cool 70 degree days up on Mt. […]

Challenging Camp [+PICTUZ]

I can’t believe that I’m at the last camp already. And without a doubt, this camp has been the most challenging one yet, in all aspects. All of the campers are from Monterrey, Mexico, which means that they are all native Spanish speakers. I on the other hand, speak very little Spanish.

I feel as […]



These past few days have been super intense. Like crazy long hours intense. Friday, we were up at 8 AM after a long night of observing and drove down to Tucson for our tour of the mirror lab where Steph would join us.

Seriously, the mirror lab is […]

Long Day Ahead… [+ PICTUZ]

Today is going to be one of the LONGEST DAYS HERE. Seriously. I was at the Radio Telescope until 5 am…but I got to watch the sun rise….ish…


In general though, I’m hangin’ […]