The Research Process: How To Polish A Diamond In The Rough

The research process can be tough, and at times, grueling. There are a lot of hiccups—the struggle to find the best sources, not having “good data”, trouble with equipment, endlessly reading dense materials, having insufficient technical understanding of the content, the stress of having limited funds, and among all, the burnout and lack of motivation…

Learning How to Research and Presenting it : Pandemic Edition

My research experience in the last two years has undoubtedly been the best learning experience I have ever had in my life. In my opinion, there are two major components to learning how to do research. First, it is imperative to learn more about how your PI thinks and develops projects, with focus on both…

Finding My Own Path to Research

I first started to become involved in research in the Classics department in my first semester at Pitt. I emailed the chair of the department, Dr. Possanza, describing some of the topics that I was interested in and asked if there were any professors in the Classics department that he thought would be worth reaching…

My Neuroscience Research Journey

My research mentor for my fellowship this fall is Dr. Bill Yates, a professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Pitt’s School of Medicine. For well over thirty years, Dr. Yates has been a major contributor to science in his research on the vestibular influences on cardiovascular regulation, neurobiology of motion sickness, multisensory integration of…

On Navigating Research (and the Values of Mentorship)

While most people find research mentors after already knowing what they want to study, I took a more unconventional route. I met Professor Bernard Hibbitts months before I even considered going into research. We met after I walked into an Honors College advising appointment, unsure of what to do with my life but interested in…

The Process is the Prize: Becoming a Researcher During a Global Pandemic

From the start, my initial connection to the Brodsky lab was a uniquely personal one. During my first year at Pitt, Dr. Brodsky presented the general concept of his research to my foundations of Biology II class as a guest speaker. While explaining his research involving diseases arising from abnormal protein degradation, he specifically mentioned…

Learning How to Conduct Research

I met my mentor Dr. Xiangyun Wei through the First Experience in Research (FER) program, which is available to any students who do not have prior research experience. I was drawn to Dr. Wei’s research on zebrafish genetics because I have been interested in studying gene regulation mechanisms since high school. His lab is focused…

Introduction: Exercising Mice to Help with Liver Transplants

Hi all! My name is Amaan Rahman, and I am a junior at the University of Pittsburgh in the direct-med program. I am majoring in Spanish and pursuing a double minor in Chemistry and Hindi. I was born and raised in Detroit, MI. Getting to know the city of Pittsburgh over these last two years…

A Window into the Music of the Homeric Epics

Hello everyone! My name is Thyra Altunin. I am a senior majoring in Music (Music History and Culture track) and Classics (ancient Greek track) with a minor in Latin and a certificate in Western European studies with a related concentration in European Studies. This semester I am continuing to work on my project that I…

How Disease Creates Bias in Immigration Law

Hello, my name is Michelle Furmansky and I’m majoring in Finance and Political Science with a minor in Economics. Growing up as the daughter of Jewish refugees from Kiev, Ukraine (former Soviet Union), I couldn’t help but view the American experience through the lens of immigration. Through my family’s journey, I Iearned about the xenophobia…