A Reflection on My Brackenridge Experience

Just like that, Brackenridge is quickly coming to an end! It’s hard to believe that my time as a Brackenridge fellow will be over so soon, but I couldn’t be happier with everything I have learned and accomplished this summer. Coming into this fellowship, I had prior research experience working as a research assistant on…

Pursuit with Purpose

With application to the Brackenridge Fellowship, students are prompted to submit a proposal of their project. We craft letters detailing the background, methodology, and driving force of our project as succinctly as possible. True to form, we envision the ideal progression of our research where recruitment always goes swiftly and data analysis always ends in…

An Excellent Experience

                I would say that not much has changed in the way that I conduct research, but my understanding has shifted slightly. For example, I have learned about purpose, problem, and significance statements, and why they matter. I have learned about the use of a translational abstract, and how taking a few sentences to explain…

My Experience with the Brackenridge Fellowship

I have learned so many things through my journey as a Brackenridge fellow. This was my first, individual research project in which I was entirely responsible for the outcomes. Initially, this was daunting, but as I conducted more research, I progressively became more comfortable doing it. My research during this time taught me that when…

My Brackenridge Experience

Working on my project under the Brackenridge Fellowship this summer, time flew by! I’ve been learning a lot about the process of conducting research as well as my subject area, and look forward to continuing this work in the future. One concept I learned is that research is not linear. In school, following the lab…

The Light at the End of a (Very) Long Tunnel

After a summer of research, I have an even greater appreciation for the dedication and motivation of researchers who investigate their fields as a full-time career. It takes a lot of persistence to take each failure or dead-end as an opportunity to learn about other avenues to achieve your objectives. When my project did not…

My Joyful Brackenridge

Last spring in class one day my professor and now faculty mentor Dr. Gregor Thum said “No good work can be done without joy”. It seemed like an offhand comment, but something about it was clearly brilliant. I wrote it down on a post-it note and quickly added it to the collection of quotes that…

My Brackenridge Reflection and Next Steps

As I conducted research this summer, many different ways of conducting research were introduced to me within both my own project and others. Personally, I learned various forms of art analysis, which helped me to complete evidence towards my thesis. When looking at other’s projects, I also understood more about data analytics and statistics of…

Brackenridge: Learning That One Discipline Is Not Enough

              Before beginning the Brackenridge Fellowship, my understanding of academic research was very limited. This was my first real chance to fully apply the knowledge I already had as well as to greatly expand that knowledge. One area where my understanding changed was in the actual value you can find in various sources. At the…

Reflecting on my Brackenridge Experience

I found through my time in the Brackenridge Fellowship that as a researcher you must be flexible. There were times where I thought I would be able to be fully prepared and fully predict what was going to happen next, but things can always change and a good researcher will be able to adapt. At…