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…

The Scientific Method

My experience as an undergraduate researcher has turned out to be an accumulation of experiences. I see the research process as puzzle I have been collecting pieces for over the years. It is clear to me now how throughout my four years at the University my experiences in lab rotations, research based class, and fellowship…

Becoming a Researcher: What makes a good scientist?

I was given the opportunity to shadow my current mentor where he saw kids that struggled with rheumatic disorders. I was pulled into the world of immunology research, after learning that his work extended into basic science research. Seeing the patients as well the science behind their conditions made me reevaluate the significance of basic…

Semester Reflection: Two-Yard Runs

At the beginning of this semester my Principal Investigator, Dr. Samer Tohme, stressed that this process would require a lot of patience. He emphasized that progress in research is slow, occasionally frustrating, and anything but linear. He compared it to running the ball in football. There were going to be a lot of two-yard runs,…

Stop, Breathe, Reevaluate, Repeat: A Reflection on My CURF Experience

Going into this research project, I definitely overestimated how much time I would have to research everything that I wanted to. I was so excited to examine the role that prejudice and xenophobia played in immigration during times of disease that I tried to take on way more than what was feasible and realistic. Initially,…

Becoming a Researcher: Handling a Steep Learning Curve

Due to COVID-related logistical issues, I have only recently been allowed to physically conduct work in the lab. However, in my first couple of weeks at the Geller Lab I have been able to learn a great deal. One great aspect of being new to almost everything I am seeing is that the learning never…