My Skills Acquisition

Through my research experience, I have developed several transferable, or “soft” skills, which will be very useful in both my academic and professional career. The skill which first comes to mind is adaptability. As I am sure many can relate to, for me, this past year has been full of surprises, many of which did…

Learning Across Disciplines

One of the most valuable lessons I have learned in college is the importance of connecting with the people around me. Whether that is introducing myself to someone I am sitting near in the dining hall, attending office hours to ask questions and get to know my professors, or reaching out to classmates in a…

Sharing My Perspective

Effective communication is essential for not just research, but for just about every aspect of one’s professional and personal life. Communication allows for new ideas and inspirations to be transferred from one person to the next and perspectives to be formulated and shifted. Today, I will reflect on the importance of communicating my ideas to…

COVID-19 and Education

My research idea sparked with an interest in learning about how the coronavirus crisis impacts education. What I appreciate most about my research is how relevant and quickly-evolving this idea is. I began this summer with the intention to study how remote learning resources differ across public schools in the Philadelphia area. I was interested…

Project Details

As the summer has progressed, it’s been interesting to see the details of this project progress. Time spent with this project this summer is a continuation of time spent in the fall as a THINK Fellow during the Fall of 2019 with the Honors College. Over the course of the Fall and movement into the…

A Summer of Growth

Before this project, I was very unfamiliar with the process of conducting research, and didn’t have much experience with reading published research either. From the start, my research mentor/ colleague, Dean Murrell, has been a guiding light for me making my way through this project. I used to think that conducting research had to entail…

The End Only Marks a New Beginning

As I begin to write this final blog post, I can’t help but reminisce on all the amazing mentors I’ve had throughout this project during the spring and summer. I’ve had the opportunity to meet inspirational people and form connections with professionals in an industry I desire to pursue a career in. This experience has…

Introduction: Juliet Flynn

Hi everyone! My name is Juliet Flynn and I am an incoming senior at Pitt studying mathematics and economics. This summer did not go entirely as expected, as I am sure many of you can relate to, which explains why I am a bit late to begin blogging. Originally, I had planned to intern at…

Achieving Tangible Results in a Virtual World

This is the first time I’ve ever conducted research at such a professional level and on an independent topic, so I definitely gained a whole new perspective on interdisciplinary research and the research process in general. My biggest takeaway is that I never realized how much work is required in the early stages of the…

Learning a Language is Hard, Especially When Nobody Speaks It

Throughout the course of this fellowship, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to meet influential mentors, learn and develop technical and transferable skills, and pursue a project akin to my personal passion. Entering this project, I knew the value of the interdisciplinary approach. It is one I adopted for my academic plan and a crucial component…