My CURF: The Promise of Moderate Cosmopolitanism

As I have already noted in my past blog posts, the goal of my research was to derive a non-egoistic cosmopolitanism from Aristotle’s writings on friendship. However, I think the more interesting question is, what kind of cosmopolitanism does any interpretation of Aristotle warrant? Before answering the question, I want to quickly summarize the development…

CURF: A Semester of Growth

My time in the lab this semester has led to me developing greatly as a scientist. If there’s one thing I learned, it’s that not every experiment leads to the results you were hoping to see, and that is ok. I have been met with inconclusive results after hours of hard work, which is always…

My CURF-CURF ends but not the journey to research

Research is hard. Ever since I started working in the lab, I have been constantly reminded that there is a good day and there are bad days for research. However, this unique nature of research is precisely what makes the good day so rewarding. Research is even harder for undergraduate students. Different from learning in…

Looking Onwards and Upwards

My time completed the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship is time I am very grateful to have had. At the same time, conducting research this semester came with its own challenges. One specific challenge posed by this semester was that my lab, the Kids’ Thinking Lab, operates virtually. Therefore, I had to independently execute several stages…

CURF: Final Update and the New Frontier

If you are in a team that successfully creates a supportive learning environment, you won’t be afraid to push yourself and do things you aren’t already brilliant at.

Research: Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.

Along with the support of CURF, I was able to concentrate on my research in the Dixon lab. It has given me the flexibility to make a research plan for my thesis project and execute it. This semester I honed my wet-lab skills and became comfortable with the techniques such as ELISA and western blots….

Reflecting on my CURF Experience: The Journey to Becoming a Researcher

Thinking back on my experiences with CURF, it is undeniable that I have significantly improved my skills as a researcher. Throughout my time in the Brodsky lab, my research has pushed me to learn several new protocols and techniques. Among these, I was given the opportunity to learn various new computational, molecular, and biochemical lab…

Cec in the Hill: The Only Limits Are My Creativity

The past three months at the Pitt CEC in the Hill District saw the continuation of existing programs as well as the addition of new ones. The highlight of our fall programming was the STEAM Saturday Series, a set of collaborative classes aimed at elementary-level kids taught by Pitt students and faculty. The series included…

My CUTF: Happy Turkey Day, everybody!

In the spirit of my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, I would like to express gratitude for this fellowship experience. Thanksgiving is unequivocally my favorite holiday. Beyond watching my Detroit Lions lose, I also get the opportunity to give back and appreciate what I’ve been given. With this being my final blog post for this semester, it’s…

Becoming a Researcher… and why you can do it too.

Hello again! My name is Eva and I am so honored to have the opportunity to write to you all with the perspective of a student researcher who strongly believes in the unique perspective of students who may not know much about their field of interest, but in existing in this outside perspective, can provide…