Becoming a Researcher: What makes a good scientist?

I was given the opportunity to shadow my current mentor where he saw kids that struggled with rheumatic disorders. I was pulled into the world of immunology research, after learning that his work extended into basic science research. Seeing the patients as well the science behind their conditions made me reevaluate the significance of basic…

Reflecting on my CURF experience

I am still in disbelief that this semester is coming to an end, along with my research project that I have been working on for the past 2 years now. With the support of the CURF Fellowship, I was able to successfully defend my Bachelor of Philosophy honors thesis to my committee members last week….

Repeated Reflections Refining Research: Risk, Exploration, & Discovery

The CURF has exposed me to a new side of research where risk tolerance is high, collaborators are valuable, math is everywhere, and time is warped. I have taken classes on how to do research, but nothing prepares you better for research than doing it yourself. Several people have asked me countless times this semester,…

My Thoughts on CURF

Before I started the CURF I thought that research was about getting things done fast. I would try to get my code to work, but I didn’t give it much thought. I didn’t think about the design of my system, or any of my system’s goals. Before the CURF, my approach was “I have an idea, so let’s get it working as fast…

A Reflection On My CURF Experience

               I believe my understanding of research over the course of this semester progressed from an initial belief that every experiment would be straight forward with few disruptions, to a more mature realization that research projects often take time and patience in order to obtain the results desired. I believe most people being research with…

Becoming a Researcher

Undertaking a research project sounds intimidating, at least to me. I never thought I would be doing research of my own during my time here at Pitt, but here I am. I did not even know that I could get involved with research as an undergraduate student until last semester, after giving a presentation in…

Research @Pitt: Getting Started

Getting Started: How, who, and what I first came to know my research mentor during my sophomore year. I knew I was I interested in Asian Studies, and so I’d enrolled in various courses in Asian history, literature, and languages. That fall, I enrolled in the Modern Chinese Literature course Dr. Kun Qian was teaching…

Getting involved in research

I can confidently say that getting involved with research was the best decision I made as a Pitt student. It not only shaped my entire undergraduate career, but also prepared me for my future goals. I remember the day I found out about the directed research opportunities at Pitt. I was walking back to campus…