CUTF: Synthesis of my experience

During my time completing the CUTF, as I worked on putting the concepts in the course into a real-world perspective, I’ve developed an appreciation of the research done in chemistry, which is a completely different field from the one that I have built my experience around. Many of the concepts discussed and terms used were…

CUTF 3: Final Reflections

Hi Everyone, Although I have been involved in teaching in the past, the CUTF has offered me a unique role in the classroom this fall. The greatest difference from my past experience is that I have been able to reach a larger  number of students. I have gone from helping a small number of students…

The TA Becomes the Teacher (for one day)

This semester spent as an undergraduate Teaching Assistant through the CUTF has been an incredible learning experience. In fact, everything I have been learning came together when I was responsible for teaching a full class period (75 minutes) completely on my own. To say I was nervous was an understatement. While I have gotten to…

The CUTF: A Transformative Journey

Hello everyone! As my journey with the CUTF comes to an end, I have reflected intensively on how the fellowship has allowed me to grow professionally and develop my teaching skills. However above all, the CUTF has taught me the importance of a flexible and open mindset. Teaching is a skill that requires utmost patience….

CUTF: Reflections and Resolutions

When I first began teaching through the fellowship, I thought that the most important tactic was to consistently review my teaching plans prior to my tutoring sessions. The fear was that, if I didn’t review enough, I would forget what I “needed” to do in order for them to succeed. Though it’s true that preparation…

CUTF: Navigating the Music, One (Half or Whole) Step at a Time

Over my four years in the Heinz Chapel Choir, I’ve had the privilege of working with Dr. Rice in a variety of projects. Under her guidance, I have successfully led practices outside of class, organized fundraisers, designed and distributed merchandise, guided Big/Little Induction Ceremonies, and have recently given starting pitches to the choir during our…

CUTF: Learning Through Teaching

Some people choose their major because of lifetime goals or interests; I chose my major because I thought my high school physics teacher was funny. Every class felt lighthearted and the topics were exciting. Further, I wasn’t required to memorize anything – I was tested on my ability to problem solve, not blindly spew facts…

CUTF: Transition State from a Student to a Collaborator

Dr. George Bandik was my own CHEM0310 professor during the fall of 2020. However, contrary to my expectations of an online course, Dr. Bandik kept the content engaging, asking students to contribute to the course, which surprisingly was easier especially since I didn’t have to state my name the first time I was called on….

CUTF 2: Becoming Involved in Teaching

I became a Peer leader for Dr. Bell’s class during the Fall 2021 semester, hosting weekly content reviews. One observation I made was that students often did not take advantage of the course resources until the days leading up to the exams. For example, there was low attendance at peer sessions in between exams, then…

My Journey to the CUTF

In many ways, the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship has provided me with a unique avenue to engage with the academic community here at Pitt. Bridging the relationship between professor and student, the fellowship has allowed me to directly contribute to how a course is taught at Pitt. Translating my experience as a student to a…