It’s All About the People

My research project focuses on interpersonal relationships within scientific research. The Brackenridge fellowship displayed examples of this while contributing to my research process. Each member of this fellowship had extraordinary unique projects, yet I was surprised to see us overcome similar challenges. Obtaining IRB approval, sifting through large amounts of data, and struggling to remain…

My Brackenridge Experience

Working on my project under the Brackenridge Fellowship this summer, time flew by! I’ve been learning a lot about the process of conducting research as well as my subject area, and look forward to continuing this work in the future. One concept I learned is that research is not linear. In school, following the lab…

Brackenridge: Learning That One Discipline Is Not Enough

              Before beginning the Brackenridge Fellowship, my understanding of academic research was very limited. This was my first real chance to fully apply the knowledge I already had as well as to greatly expand that knowledge. One area where my understanding changed was in the actual value you can find in various sources. At the…

Communicating to every audience

Research is only important insofar as it can be shared. A novel discovery or finding that cannot be communicated effectively will not make much of a difference in the world. This is why it’s important that researchers in any field learn to be good communicators as well. Especially as people advance in their field, it…

Research from all walks of life

Now that the first weeks are done, I’ve had time to talk to my fellow peers and understand a greater depth of each of their projects which have been fascinating. With my acceptance into the Brackenridge fellowship, my hopes were to better learn from all of you how I could take my research a step…

Inter-Disciplinary Learning Opportunities in the Brackenridge Community

A common deficiency in Ideal theory is an author’s failure to view a problem outside the conceptual framework that they have chosen. This problem is especially prevalent in Justice theory because many theorists have attempted to ground their arguments in absolute, transcendental, metaphysical, theological, etc., truth. One of my personal goals in researching and writing…

The Endless Opportunities of Working Outside the Box

Just a few weeks into the summer, I can already tell I can learn a great deal from my peers in my cohort and the Brackenridge fellowship as a whole. With my project focusing on manifestations of culture, I am always looking for new, unique ways to view old, established destinations. I recognize that my…

Ari Stein Introduction

Hello. My name is Ari Stein. I’m a rising junior majoring in Digital Narrative & Interactive Design, which is a relatively new program formed via a collaboration between the English and Computer Science departments. In addition, I’m double minoring in Computer Science and Japanese. For my project, I will be researching Japanese cultural history through…

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…