Mining current optical and infrared databases to find variable active galactic nuclei.
My confidence level speaking to this vast assortment of astronomy professionals has risen significantly, and this translates directly to my ability to convey what I have learned and experienced -- to not only my students but other teachers and my community.
[I did not anticipate] meeting a Nobel Prize Winner – Saul Perlmutter – and getting a picture with him.
I found it most interesting to see the scientific process in action. Scientists were questioning scientists, sometimes fairly aggressively.