CURF 3: Looking back and looking forward

Hi everyone!   I hope your semesters are wrapping up nicely. I’m currently studying abroad in Chile so mine started at the beginning of March and will go on until mid-July. That said, what an amazing journey this semester with its combination of study abroad and research has been. And the best part for me is…

CURF Post #3: How I Now Define Corruption

I found beginning research to be very difficult. The first few weeks, I found the balance between academics, research, and extracurricular activities to put a strain on my workflow. I also struggled knowing where to start. The idea of corruption proved to be enormous, and nearly impossible to study because of the vastness of the…

CURF 3: Reflection on Research

Almost an entire year has passed since I officially started conducting research under Dr. Hong, and both of the fellowship programs I have received are continuously changing my perception of research. When I first began my research experience, I saw research as a STEM-dominated practice that involved experimentation in the physical sciences; however, the opportunity…

CURF #3: End of the semester!

When I first started at Dr Kuwajima’s lab, I had a basic understanding of what Dr Kuwajima’s research entailed. Before joining his lab, I emailed a few other researchers whose research I was interested in, so I had a basic understanding of what they were all researching, and I feel like this is an important…

CURF #3: Reflection on Research

At the beginning of the semester and further back in 2020, I had a limited understanding of what the research process was like. I had assumed that research was formulating a hypothesis and experiment, and then performing the experiment to see if the results would align with your hypothesis. While generally, this may be true…

CURF #3: A Reflection of What Research at Pitt is Like

The world of research is a perfect combination of exciting and enigmatic. There are many days where you head into the lab not knowing what the outcome of your experiments will be but that’s what makes it exciting. One of the key parts about research I have learnt from my time here is it requires…

CURF #3: My Research Reflection

I have learned a lot about the research process throughout this semester through my independent project. In addition, I learned new skills that would help me grow as a researcher. This semester through my project, I tested the predictive association between white light during sleep and next-day negative mood in adolescents. These findings could implicate…

CURF 3: My Experiences

I have truly enjoyed my time within the CURF program. It is been interesting to learn about other projects and see what type of research my peers are working on. I also feel that being exposed to other’s work makes me think of new questions or ideas I can apply to my own research, which…

CURF #3 – The end of the semester but not the research!

Now that we are in the final weeks of the semester, it’s nice to reflect on everything that has happened in the past 15 or so weeks. These months have kept me busy both in and outside of lab and have been full of new experiences and opportunities to grow as a student and researcher….

CURF 3: My Research Experience

The Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship was a positive experience which I am grateful for. Research in any field has layers of complexity that cannot be uncovered in the timespan of a single semester, yet I feel as if I have learned valuable lessons from my time spent in the lab over these past weeks. The…