A Holistic Research Experience

My perception of research this summer showed me that even wet lab work that I am used to can be modified to an extent to work online. There were a couple of experiments that I put on the back-burner, and knowing bioinformatic information about my gene was key to understanding how to set up these…

Change Isn’t So Bad

I will forever value the experience I was granted this summer as part of the Brackenridge Fellowship. I learned a lot about interdisciplinary work, the research process, and the opportunities available to me at Pitt. This summer I learned that research, particularly the methods and timeline of a study, are not as strict as I…

Brackenridge Reflection

At the beginning of the summer, Brett told us that research isn’t a linear process. I heard what he was saying and understood his point, but internally I think I still expected to move straight forward at all times. Needless to say, that didn’t happen. There were moments when another topic would distract me from…

My Brackenridge Reflection: Research is Dynamic

This summer I realized how dynamic research can be. I was forced to adapt my original research project, but I learned so much about myself and conducting research in general during this process. First, I learned that I do my best work when I’m in an isolated environment. At the beginning of the summer, I…

Things Rarely Go as Planned: A Brackenridge Reflection

One huge realization I had this summer is that in research, things rarely go as planned.I regularly ran into unforeseen problems and I often was concerned that I was not making sufficient progress. I realized this when I was deciding on a specific topic for my review article, and I kept hitting dead ends with…

Research is More Than Just Research

It’s easy to see the Brackenridge Research Fellowship as a sort of isolated experience. You do some work, make something neat, present your findings, and go home with a stipend and a new bulletpoint for your resume. But that’s not really the full picture, nor are those steps as simple as the few words they…

The Tip of the Iceberg

Going into the Brackenridge, I thought research was synonymous with data collection. Now I know that data collection is a small part of the research project. Arguably, the most important aspect of research is gathering background information and building a foundation for one’s project. I set out to participate in independent research as a freshman,…

A Reflection on What I’ve Learned

Through my Brackenridge experience, I came to understand that research process is rarely linear. As a person digs into their research question, unforeseen problems and challenges often appear. These problems can feel overwhelming and insurmountable, but with careful time, attention, and effort, some type of solution can often be found. One part of my research…

Mouth of the River

At the beginning of this fellowship, I assumed that due to the nature of my project, I would not run into any obstacles that would take me more than a day or two to solve. This was in part due to my previous research project from last summer; I did a lot of complicated algebra…

A Chapter Comes to an End…

Over the course of the summer, I learned about how iterative the process of research is. Research is inherently creative in ways that I have had less experience with exploring. I scoured the internet for any information about my research problem and how others approached it. After exploring potential frameworks, I realized that I knew…