CURF: Becoming a Researcher

In high school, I gained some research experience through the research focused courses I took, as well as my experience spending a summer working in a bacterial biofilm research lab. I knew I wanted to continue growing my technical knowledge and skills, so the summer before my freshman year, I spent some time looking through…

Reflecting on my Experiences in the Brodsky Lab

From the very beginning, my experience with the Brodsky lab has been a uniquely personal one. During the second semester of my freshman year, Dr. Brodsky presented a general overview of his research to my foundations of Biology II class as a guest speaker. While explaining his research involving diseases arising from abnormal protein degradation,…

Becoming a Researcher-How to be one and why you should be one?

When I was a little child, I was constantly amazed by the anatomy and physiology of human beings. Of course, I was not thinking about anything that would get me a Nobel prize. They were small daily stuff that intrigued me.  Why do people eat?  Why do people drink? Why will my finger bleed when…

Why I Decided to Pursue a BPhil (and Why You Should Too!)

Before taking on my BPhil project, I conducted research in the Kids’ Thinking (KiT) Lab as part of the Summer 2020 Brackenridge Fellowship and for Directed Research credits. I thought I knew how much work went into conducting a research project following these opportunities, but completing a BPhil is truly a graduate-level undertaking! I completed…

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…

Becoming a Researcher in High Energy Physics

            The second semester of freshmen year, I decided to take honors physics, electricity and magnetism with Professor Tae Min Hong, which, unbeknownst to me at the time, would eventually lead me to finding my research mentor. The class was challenging to say the least, but one of the most interesting and educational (albeit frustrating…

Connellsville

Our vans rolled down the narrow roads in Connellsville on a gorgeous sunny Friday morning. We passed the quaint weathered-brick storefronts of downtown that couldn’t have been open for more than a couple hours; Atkins Music Center, the Connellsville Canteen, Pats Bridal Boutique all lined the main streets of the town. We took our turn…

Connellsville Site Visit – October 8th, 2021

While in Connellsville, we visited many sights recommended to us by our community partners at the Fayette County Cultural Trust. The most obvious community asset we identified on the site was the Youghiogheny Glass Factory. While not a large employer (the owners told us they had about 14 employees at the moment), the glass factory…

Connellsville Site Reflections

What key community assets did you identify on the site visit? Connellsville was full of natural assets. The Greater Allegheny Passage trail ran right through the city and was largely viewed as the towns most valuable asset. But the town was also full of beautiful greenspace and the Youghiogheny River to complete it. The visitors…