1. What was your original proposal?
My original proposal this year was to create a food mile 2.0 which took into consideration the net energy cost to make a certain imported food and comparing it to the net energy cost of the same food but when it was locally grown. My goal was to have labels that displayed this information on selected foods. This project did not end up working out because some companies I tried to get information from would not disclose it.
2. Who did you collaborate with or not, and how did that impact your project?
I did not collaborate very much with anyone on my own projects but throughout the year I did lend a hand to some of the other people in my class like Oliver and his photography of the lab and Anneliese with her hydroponics project and it was a good change from working on my own so I enjoyed it.
3. What legacy does your project leave for others?
Regardless of results I recorded the reasons for failures and the walls I hit which can be helpfull for anyone working with corporations in the future.
4. If you are coming back next year, where will you pick up, what will you need, and if you have submitted a proposal, copy it here. If you are not, do the same for someone who might be following in your footsteps.
I will not be coming back next year but all of the resources I needed this year or the ones I could bring in myself were already available to me in the E-Lab.
5. If you were describing your year in ISR to a stranger, what would you say? What did you learn? What were your greatest challenges and how did you overcome them? What are you most proud of? What would you have done differently?
ISR is a class where you dictate what you do. It is unlike all other classes because in other classes there are people who don't care to be there. In ISR, everyone wants to be here and wants to work on the projects that they created themselves. Aside from learning about the project I learned a lot about work ethic and time management because you rarely have someone on your back and telling you to get stuff done as well as you have to teach yourself a lot of things you don't know even though Dr. Bill is extremely helpful with most things you need. To summarize, I would recommend this class to anyone who has a good work ethic and self motivation and wants to learn in a different setting from the normal classroom.