Reflecting On My Experience

It’s been a week since the Community Research Fellowship ended; with the free time, I’ve been able to reflect upon my experiences and consider the things I loved, wished I did differently, and improved upon since May.  My ultimate takeaway from this fellowship is how valuable community engagement is to working effectively as a researcher….

Closing of One Chapter

As the Summer comes to an end, I reflect on my past few months through the Fellowship and the JSI program. The concept of research has changed substantially for me.  My experience was a lot less of what I traditionally thought of research, which was lab work, crunching numbers, and mostly math and science. But…

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Research

Working with the Honors College this summer has been an amazing way to expand my work into other disciplines. As a part of the internship, fellows attend a Research Methods course put on by the university. Here we are given the opportunity to collaborate with other fellows across many disciplines. This has provided great insight…

Building A Supportive and Collaborative Research Network

It’s hard to believe that there are only two weeks left until the Community Research Fellowship ends. It feels like just yesterday I was meeting new faces at the first boot camp meeting and was in awe of the diverse projects the ten of us set out to work on this summer. Even though we…

How My Network Has Shaped My Research

This summer, I had planned on learning more about the intersection of politics and business, and how they fit into a broader societal issue, which in my case, was food insecurity. I planned to learn from the disciplines of business ethics, finance, political science, and psychology, and how they interlay into such a complex issue…

The Research Network created through the Community Research Fellowship

Over these past few weeks, I have worked alongside a team of community, faculty, and student partners that have made my work more meaningful, inspiring, and beneficial to the communities. My faculty mentors, Dr. Esohe Osai, Dr. Shayne Campbell, and graduate student Jackie Spiezia, have mentored and monitored my entire research process. In doing this,…

My Research Network: Highlighting intersectionality across disciplines 

When I consider the very purpose of this fellowship, the leading word that comes to mind is community. Community in researching, community in sharing and discussing results, and ultimately, community in forging two-way partnerships, learning from the firsthand, lived experiences of my community partners. For any research endeavor to be successful, it is paramount that…

Communicating my work in the Thompson Run Watershed

My work in the Thompson Run has been off to a successful start. After facing some initial challenges, I have achieved a multitude of goals that I have laid out for myself. I am progressing closer and closer to the stage where I can begin to report my findings, and I must begin the process…

The Purpose of My Research

For many years, Larimer, a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, has faced issues of food insecurity revolving around deficiencies in the built environment. Government action and projects neglected Larimer, while improving nearby areas considerably. Meeting with longtime members of Larimer brought my research to life. The purpose of my research is to address and examine the built…