Change Isn’t So Bad

I will forever value the experience I was granted this summer as part of the Brackenridge Fellowship. I learned a lot about interdisciplinary work, the research process, and the opportunities available to me at Pitt. This summer I learned that research, particularly the methods and timeline of a study, are not as strict as I…

A Group Project but Everyone (Actually) Participates

In my Social Psychology class, I learned that people are typically bad at estimating their own contributions. For instance, if asked to report the percentage of a project they contributed, the total sum of everyone’s estimation is more than one hundred percent. That being said, I think if you asked most of my fellow fellows…

What a Great Ideathon

I thought the Ideathon was a formative experience in my understanding about interdisciplinary collaboration. Needing to work on this project with people that seemed to be from every different type of discipline obviously had a lot of different barriers. We all had different approaches to how to solve the problem from the outset, as we…

We’re All In This Together!

Coming into this project, I did not expect to enjoy it nearly as much as I did. Not only did I make new friends and learn about various unique projects and academic interests, but I was able to brainstorm a solution to a problem I care about quite a bit. What amazed me about the…

My Research Network

The Brackenridge Fellows group is a very diverse group of many different disciplines. I was most interested in learning about Rohith Palli’s experience has an MD/Ph.D. student, as well as his research in systems of vaccinology. Although my research background is in protein misfolding, I have always had an interest in immunology and virology. This…

Never Eat Alone?

After looking through the alums in the group, I decided to connect with a man named Myron. He seemed like the perfect person to talk to because his main mode of work is the type of work I want to be doing in the future: music education. I asked him about his life as a…

One Thing Leads to Another

Tasked with connecting with previous Brackenridge Fellows, I reached out to Adrienne Newcomer Judson, who is currently an Economics PhD at Georgetown University. She earned a Math-Econ degree at Pitt in undergrad, which is why I was originally interested in her profile. I’ve been considering an Economics PhD as a potential path for myself, as…

Réseau

Connections are important in any vocation, and especially in research. Only in collaboration and heeding works past and present in one’s field can new research be impactful. Isaac Newton once said, “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants,” and I believe that encompasses the significance of…

Audible to All

Talking to a general audience about research in any field is a difficult task.  The extent to which you explain the depths of your project is a very arbitrary decision (and one that always leads to a mental impasse for me!). Field-specific jargon, which you may not even perceive as veiled language to the average…

Only the Fool Chooses Not to Learn from Others

I will sound like a broken record in expressing this but reading about the projects of others in the fellowship opened my eyes to the breadth of amazing research being conducted in myriad fields at our university.  The Brackenridge fellowship provides an invaluable opportunity to interact with students in all disciplines, which I think helps…