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,…

Research & Collaboration

Hi Everyone,  As we enter the last three weeks of this project, I’ve been reflecting on how much I’ve learned from the Community Research Fellowship, and how many people have worked tirelessly to make that possible. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, there are so many components to making a project run smoothly,…

Communicating My Research

Equity in education is necessary for all students regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and age to succeed. However, educational equity does not exist in today’s society. Since the 1980s, socioeconomic segregation for black students in schools has been increasing, contributing to inequity for these students (Orfield). I am researching…

Looking Ahead: Communicating Research

Hi everyone! I can’t believe we’re entering the ninth week of the community research fellowship already. I’ve learned so much over the past couple months, but it’s also been flying by! One of the things that I’ve learned over the last few weeks of working on this project is that the key to changemaking is…