CURF Post 3- Summing Up the Semester

This semester in the lab was different from previous ones in that I was responsible for training a new undergraduate student on top of completing my other lab work. One of the hardest things to balance at least for me in the lab is time. With classes and experiments that run for hours it can…

My Experience Joining a Lab at Pitt

One of the main things that drew me to Pitt was the multitude of different research opportunities available all over campus. I tried a few different types of research before landing on the VanDemark Lab and ultimately deciding that I was interested in wet lab and biology research. From my experience in my biology courses,…

CURF Post One- The VanDemark Lab

Hello everyone!  My name is Alexandra Hughson. I am currently an undergraduate Biological Sciences major, a Chemistry minor, and am pursuing a BPhil degree. Additionally, I am also pursuing my MPH in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology in the School of Public Health. This fall I am pursuing research through the Chancellor’s Undergraduate…

CURF 2: Becoming a Researcher in Literature

Hi everyone. My journey towards the research I am currently doing has been interesting. This spring is just one stage in my process of working towards my BPhil. In broadest terms the subject of my research is how the novels One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez 1967) and The Old Drift (Namwali Serpell…

CURF #2 The research journey

With the warm weather arriving this week, its finally feeling like spring, and it’s crazy to think we are already over halfway through the semester. While the start of the semester feels like yesterday, thinking back on when I first started in lab seems ages ago, likely because so much has happened and I have…

Leaping into lab work!

I started to get interested in research as a junior in high school, when I began studying harder biology courses where my teacher would often discuss what’s unknown in the field. Eventually, I realized that there is a whole world of information available to read from research articles. I was fascinated by how beautifully all…

CURF Post #2: Research is Fun!

Throughout my time at Pitt, I’ve had the opportunity to partake in various research labs to conduct studies that were drastically different in their field and methodologies. Currently, I conduct psychology research on the development of aspects of cognition, specifically math, in toddlers and young children. I came across this research by finding the research…

Biomarkers for Brain Injury

Hello! I am Simone Mohite, an international student from Dubai, UAE. I was born in India, but I spent almost 12 years in the United Arab Emirates, before coming to Pitt for my undergrad studies. I am currently a Senior at Pitt, majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Chemistry, Theatre arts and French studies. I…

CURF Introduction: How do children think and grow?

Hello everyone! My name is Vanshika Narala and I’m a current recipient of the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Presently, I’m a senior graduating early in December from Pitt with majors in Neuroscience and Psychology, minors in Chemistry and Theatre Arts, and a Certificate in the Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. With my gap semester, I am…

My CURF in Retrospect

Looking back, these last four months of the CURF experience have really flown by. Thanks to the opportunity presented by the CURF, I’ve been able to take on an entirely independent research project for my departmental honor’s thesis, present this project on two occasions at undergraduate conferences, and successfully defend my thesis. For context, my…