The Third Chapter of my Food Insecurity Research: Surveys and Vacant Lots

Hey everyone! My name is Alex Firestine (he/him) and I’m a junior here at Pitt. I’m triple majoring in Finance, Accounting, and Business Information Systems, with certificates in Leadership & Ethics and Data Analytics. Since my freshman year, I’ve been working on a project to measure regional food insecurity in partnership with a local nonprofit….

Introduction: Emily Albrecht, Community Research Fellow

My name is Emily Albrecht and I am a senior here at the University of Pittsburgh. I am majoring in psychology, minoring in economics and applied statistics, and getting a certificate in sustainability. At Pitt, I was a Resident Assistant for two years, currently have a community engagement internship in the Mascaro Center for Sustainable…

Introduction: Ellyana Gomez, Community Research Fellow

Hey y’all! My name is Ellyana Gomez, and I am in my fourth and final year at Pitt. I am a social work student with a minor in public service. Throughout my years at Pitt, I’ve volunteered at many different organizations throughout the city and have worked previously as an intern for City Council District…

Summer 2021 Community Research Fellowship: Reflecting on My Experience

Going into the project, I had only been exposed to natural sciences and data-driven research projects, more specifically those with numerical data that are analyzed using statistical software and significance tests. This preconception drastically changed throughout the project, as I learned about the use of qualitative methods such as literature reviews and examination of historical…

Weaving a Web of Connections

Originally, I had a preconceived notion that equity and inclusion are addressed primarily through humanities and sometimes social sciences, much less in my field, STEM. However, after beginning this summer’s work, I discovered that I was sorely mistaken. As such, one of the main goals I made for myself this summer concerning interdisciplinary research was…

Meandering Growth: My Experience

Turns out, research is not exactly what I thought it to be.  While some parts of the process did meet my expectations (the frustrations, grammar checks, meetings, etc.), there were moments that changed my understanding of conducting research.  The first realization I made was the value in having someone to contact for a specific issue. …

Summarizing My Summer: CRF 2021 Results and Reflections

Over the course of this summer, I am happy to report that my research led to some very interesting conclusions about video resources and the video resource creation process. By the end date of the Community Research Fellowship, I had published four videos to the private YouTube channel I was using to collect feedback. In…

Community Research Fellowship Reflections

Something that has really resonated with me since arriving in Pittsburgh, but particularly this summer, is how deeply people care for the Pittsburgh community. Community members constantly strive to work toward a happy, healthy, and equitable Pittsburgh. Meeting so many people engaged in local communities has been one of the most valuable experiences of this…

Navigating Networks

I began this summer with two goals: learn a coding language and use it to explore satellite data.  The research opportunity I have this summer with the Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory and Community Research Fellowship have been extremely supportive in helping me attain these goals.  In particular, the research done by my advisor, Dr. John Gardner,…