My CURF in Retrospect

Looking back, these last four months of the CURF experience have really flown by. Thanks to the opportunity presented by the CURF, I’ve been able to take on an entirely independent research project for my departmental honor’s thesis, present this project on two occasions at undergraduate conferences, and successfully defend my thesis. For context, my…

Advice from a CURF Researcher

Getting started in researching can be somewhat intimidating, both if if you have had previously experience as well as if you haven’t. There are tons of different kinds of research out there in different topics and using all kinds of methodology. And if you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, you can always pave…

Reflecting on my CURF Experience

Conducting research can be a challenging endeavor. I was not sure what to expect when I began researching with Professor Hong’s group this year; all I knew is that I was interested in the work. When I first began working on my project this semester, I took a long time to do everything, because I…

Turning a New Leaf

As a recipient of the Chancellors Undergraduate Research Fellowship, I was able to embark on a journey that taught me so much about the research process, under the supervision of my mentor, Dr. Emily Elliott. This opportunity has been incredible, as I have had the chance to work with many of my professors, researchers, and…

The Scientific Method

My experience as an undergraduate researcher has turned out to be an accumulation of experiences. I see the research process as puzzle I have been collecting pieces for over the years. It is clear to me now how throughout my four years at the University my experiences in lab rotations, research based class, and fellowship…

Leaving PHYS 0476…Again

Over the past semester, I have learned a great many things about teaching. Most importantly that it is extremely stressful. Simply speaking in front of a crowd of faces, only a few of which I can confidently say that I know, is quite nerve racking. This semester was made significantly easier by the fact that…

A Look Back at This Semester

Teaching has always been a dynamic idea to me. Every class employs various techniques and principles so students can have the most effective learning experience throughout the semester. However, this semester was different. I was now providing a resource for students to use to help them succeed in class. Something that has shifted my understanding…

All Good Things Must Come to an End: A Reflection of my CUTF Journey

Over the course of the semester, I began to realize that the best way to teach students was the way professors have been trying to teach us all along instead of memorizing trends or certain formulas, we must understand how they are derived. Instead of teaching students just simply how to use an equation there’s more value…

“One Last Time” – A Reflection of My CUTF Experience

After serving as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for PS0835 Hamilton, my eyes have been opened to how to lead an engaging and enriching college course. In guiding me through the process of creating a lesson, Dr. Andrew Lotz has helped me understand what works with a group of students and what does not. Not only…

That’s a Wrap: Reflecting on My CUTF Experience

As we make our way towards the end of the semester, in which this is my last few weeks as a UTA before I graduate, I can truthfully say that my experience during Dr. Och’s Television Analysis class for this spring has been different than the one I had in the fall. Even though this…