Becoming a Researcher: Branching Out

I knew that I would eventually become involved in research from the moment I stepped onto Pitt’s campus. In fact, I considered the easy accessibility to research here at Pitt to be one of the major benefits of being a student. After taking freshman year to acclimate myself and focus on my courses, I began…

From Fellow Peer to Peer Leader

As I reflect upon the last two months of serving as a Teaching Fellow, I have been able to not only grow as a peer, but a peer mentor and leader to the students within Dr. Salter and Dr. Fapohunda’s Introduction to Global Health class. As a Teaching Fellow, I not only have the opportunity…

CURF: Finding the Right Fit

My relationship with research has been a roller coaster, and is proof that anyone can successfully pursue and enjoy research once they’ve found the right project and the right team.

Becoming a Researcher: Knocking on Opportunity’s Door

This project actually began long before the start of the semester – I first began working on the project in the Spring semester of 2020. I became interested in research as soon as I started college in Fall 2018 because various psychology professors I had continually spoke about how valuable and rewarding research experience is….

CURF: Becoming a Researcher

In high school, I gained some research experience through the research focused courses I took, as well as my experience spending a summer working in a bacterial biofilm research lab. I knew I wanted to continue growing my technical knowledge and skills, so the summer before my freshman year, I spent some time looking through…

Reflecting on my Experiences in the Brodsky Lab

From the very beginning, my experience with the Brodsky lab has been a uniquely personal one. During the second semester of my freshman year, Dr. Brodsky presented a general overview of his research to my foundations of Biology II class as a guest speaker. While explaining his research involving diseases arising from abnormal protein degradation,…

Becoming a Researcher-How to be one and why you should be one?

When I was a little child, I was constantly amazed by the anatomy and physiology of human beings. Of course, I was not thinking about anything that would get me a Nobel prize. They were small daily stuff that intrigued me.  Why do people eat?  Why do people drink? Why will my finger bleed when…

Why I Decided to Pursue a BPhil (and Why You Should Too!)

Before taking on my BPhil project, I conducted research in the Kids’ Thinking (KiT) Lab as part of the Summer 2020 Brackenridge Fellowship and for Directed Research credits. I thought I knew how much work went into conducting a research project following these opportunities, but completing a BPhil is truly a graduate-level undertaking! I completed…

Introduction: Emily Albrecht, Community Research Fellow

My name is Emily Albrecht and I am a senior here at the University of Pittsburgh. I am majoring in psychology, minoring in economics and applied statistics, and getting a certificate in sustainability. At Pitt, I was a Resident Assistant for two years, currently have a community engagement internship in the Mascaro Center for Sustainable…