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Thursday 12 June 2014

Summer Physics Internship 2014

Hi, my name’s Grace and I’m joining the crew here at TWDK as this year’s SEPnet summer intern. I’m currently a Physics student at the University of Southampton. Physics has always been my favourite subject, with English coming a close second. I love to get into the nitty gritty of how things work, and I love the feeling of being completely blown away by the complexity of the universe. For me, it’s not enough to know that things work - I want to know how and why. When I’m not trying to bend my mind around Quantum interference equations I like to read, write, climb and watch mindless TV.

TWDK Physics intern Grace Mason-Jarrett
Our latest summer intern, Grace, in our London office.
Photo: TWDK
I’ve always been a lover of science, particularly anything space related, but have often found myself striving for a dictionary or awkwardly side-stepping around articles when confronted with problematic phrases. One of the principles of TWDK is to explain the mysteries of science in everyday language so as to engage people with the many questions science has yet to answer. This particularly spoke to me and resonated with my own desire to cut the jargon and get to the heart of what is actually being said. When I saw that part of the internship would be writing science articles, I knew this was the perfect opportunity for me. One interview and a few weeks of nail-biting tension later, and I’m sat chilling working really hard with the team in London. Everyone’s really friendly, and I feel right at home already.

As well as the site you’re looking at right now, TWDK are developing a new interactive site using a database of hundreds of unanswered scientific questions, which TWDK has been building up over the past two years. Part of my job will be to seek out Things We Don’t Know and adding them to the ever growing database, but mainly I will be using these Things to compile articles which will be posted to the new site for you guys to read and hopefully find something which really sparks your curiosity.

The excitement for the future of TWDK is infectious and it’s great to be part of such a dynamic company. As part of my internship I’ll be updating the blog every now and then, but also writing articles for the upcoming website. This is what I’m most excited about - the idea of communicating something which I find utterly fascinating and explaining why it really is cool. I think it’s important for everyone to be able to access what’s going on in science regardless of whether they have a first class honours degree in rocket science or not.

Things We Don’t Know isn’t about explaining the latest results, it’s about sharing and updating anyone, anywhere on the subjects they find interesting. It’s a deep pool of resources in which we can dive deeper to see what we’re still trying to figure out. As a student of Physics, my main aim for my time here at TWDK is to be sat at the bottom of that pool, filtering out the mumbo-jumbo and bridging the gap between the science journals and you.

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