Chicken or Egg?

My name is Will Andrews and I am a Junior Finance and Marketing student at the University of Pittsburgh. I enjoy finance and understanding money and financial markets in particular. I am interested in the banking industry, crypto space, and financial advisory/wealth management. However, I also have a great passion for marketing and the creativeness…

CURF Introduction: Ancient Philosophy and Cosmopolitanism in the Modern World

I have always had an interest in ancient philosophy since high school, but it was my research mentor’s, Dr. Whiting’s, class on Aristotle that truly cemented my desire to engage with ancient philosophy more deeply. Aristotle’s virtue ethics has particularly caught my attention, and my fascination with it has only deepened over time. In his…

CURF Introduction: Does Gesturing While Speaking Really Matter?

Hi everyone! My name is Sasha, and I am a senior at Pitt. I am majoring in Psychology and minoring in Social Work and History. One interesting fact about me is that my favorite hobby is weightlifting. I love trying to set new personal records in the gym and become as strong as I can…

CURF Introduction: The “I” in Survive

Research provides a means by which we can comprehend our observable world… and attempt to enact change. However, not everyone is familiar with how integral research is to social work, best practice, and helping reinforce advocacy efforts. As a social work student myself, I became very interested in its holistic focus on healing, trauma, and…

New Skills and New Networks

Throughout my internship with the EPA, I have developed a few new skills with data collection and analysis. Namely, many of my projects involved the use of ArcGIS and data collection from sources such as the CDC. Before taking on this internship, I was familiar with ArcGIS, however, I never had to use it for…

Brackenridge Reflection

The biggest thing that I learned this summer was that research is not just completed in the lab. Before the Fellowship, when I thought about what research was I mostly just thought about conducting research in a lab. Obviously, this is still the case with some projects. For example, one of my friends from the…

Uphill Battles

Thank you! The past three months have been some of the most rewarding months of my college experience. I learned more about myself as a student and researcher than I anticipated. So while, I am extremely proud of the work we all completed this summer, I am even more proud of the people we became…

The Beauty and Strength in Learning From Others

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on in life that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” Maya Angelou Whenever I received my report card in elementary and middle school, I always got the comment “inquisitive,” which is just a really nice way of saying I asked too many…