My CURF: Be Patient But Stay Curious

Receiving the Chancellors Undergraduate Research Fellowship has been very fulfilling and I am very appreciative to those that keep this great fellowship going. As a Pitt student it is great to see the encouragement from faculty for undergraduate research. This opportunity gave me the ability to delve deeper into my work and make it a…

Community Leadership Internship – A Final Look Into The Mirror

During this past fall semester, I was able to focus on refining my resource and opening up channels from which I could receive feedback. As far as the former of those goes, I feel I was successful. I added a foreword containing my own self-reflection on the manual’s purpose, as well as an appendix containing…

CEA Paris: Closing Remarks

Paris me manque Truthfully, I have been back in the United States for one week and I can assuredly say that I miss Paris a lot. I miss the picturesque streetscapes, the amazing food, and the romantic atmosphere that saturates the City of Lights. I miss the friends that I have made, my classmates, my…

Expectations: exceeded

Happy holidays, everyone! Christmas has arrived in Cambridge, and the streets are brightly lit with lights in the windows of shops and decorations all around the city. Some of my house mates and I traveled into London last weekend and experienced the Christmas preparations amid England’s Storm Arwen. Even in the face of the rain,…

I Did It! – My BPhil Defense and Future Research Endeavors

As the fall semester draws to a close, most seniors completing BPhil theses are just starting the research portion of their projects. Meanwhile, I just successfully defended my BPhil thesis and I would like to share my reflection on the BPhil process for those who are starting to embark on the later portion of this…

Semester wraps up: thoughts on the ATP in Fayette County

All of our hard work this semester has been nicely organized into two through presentations, which we have tailored for our specific audiences. The presentation created for Connellsville formally introduces the Appalachian Teaching Project to the community and details our work from this semester. The Pitt branch of the ATP will hopefully be in a…

CEC in the Hill: Signing Off? Not Just Yet.

On Wednesday, September 29th, Parker Werns, (then) Honors College housing manager and (current) Assistant Director of Student Engagement sent out a newsletter which discussed a position opening for the CEC S.T.E.A.M. Ambassador. As soon as I read the position description, I knew the position was the perfect match for me, and within hours I had…

End of Semester Reflection: ATP Experience

The final deliverables our ATP team of 10 students and 5 faculty created were 2 thorough presentations and an asset map with corresponding data definitions. We worked extensively this semester to collect background research about Fayette County and Connellsville, but more specifically the assets that exist in the county and communities. We hope these deliverables…

ATP Semester Recap!

Hi everyone! Welcome back to the blog; today’s post is a wrap up of the semester. This was an incredibly valuable learning experience and one that I will remember for a long time. The deliverables that our team created consisted of several recommendations to the Connellsville community as well as suggestions for future groups working…