Brackenridge Reflection

The biggest thing that I learned this summer was that research is not just completed in the lab. Before the Fellowship, when I thought about what research was I mostly just thought about conducting research in a lab. Obviously, this is still the case with some projects. For example, one of my friends from the…

Uphill Battles

Thank you! The past three months have been some of the most rewarding months of my college experience. I learned more about myself as a student and researcher than I anticipated. So while, I am extremely proud of the work we all completed this summer, I am even more proud of the people we became…

Looking at the past, present and future of my research

As the Summer comes to an end some of us will be wrapping up our research while others, like myself will be continuing to work on it through the coming months and potentially even years. As our research snowballed into bigger and bigger topics we all can say one thing for sure is that research…

Brackenridge: The Finale

This summer I conducted research on the role of the TRPS1 gene on mineralization of dental tissues. During the beginning of this study, I believed it would be a straight path: I would have one question with one previously selected type of data that would lead me to the answer. Namely, in this study, I would gather quantitative data on the mineral densities…

My Takeaways from Brackenridge

During my time in the Brackenridge Fellowship, I gained a lot of experience as a researcher working in basic sciences. I felt like I really grew as a researcher and gained a lot of knowledge on various lab techniques. Furthermore, I really enjoyed my time under this fellowship and met a lot of great undergraduate…

It’s All About the People

My research project focuses on interpersonal relationships within scientific research. The Brackenridge fellowship displayed examples of this while contributing to my research process. Each member of this fellowship had extraordinary unique projects, yet I was surprised to see us overcome similar challenges. Obtaining IRB approval, sifting through large amounts of data, and struggling to remain…

End of the Summer Reflections

When reflecting on my experience with the Brackenridge Fellowship this summer, I am truly grateful that I had this opportunity to conduct independent research. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it furthered my passion and interest in developmental psychology and pediatrics. While I was able to make excellent progress in my project, I did learn that…

My Brackenridge: Citizenship, Propagandist Theatre, and Queer Representation

This summer, I attempted to find correlations between the productions and popularity of LGBTQ+ centric theatre and homonationalist rhetoric in the American political sphere. This project was primarily secondary research, meaning I worked predominantly with existing works of scholarship and extrapolated from there. At the beginning of the summer, I was concerned that this project…

What Brackenridge Has Done for Me

It was only a little over a week before the deadline when I finally decided to apply for the Brackenridge Fellowship. I remember frantically contacting Dr. Say and asking where I needed to start; thankfully, my mentor was incredibly trusting and supportive, despite my last minute decision. Needless to say, my expectations for Brackenridge were…

Changing Perspective on Research

Over the course of the summer, my view on the process of conducting research changed. In the beginning I had a relatively clear idea of what would be involved and the direction that I would take. However, once I began my research, I found that most of my preconceptions were not correct. As I learned…