Reflection and Continuing Research

One of the research skills that I worked on most over the summer was finding new ways to look for information that was relevant to my research. When I started researching for my project, it was easy to type in “immigrant healthcare” into search bars and read through the first materials that were popping up….

Bye Bye Brackenridge

I definitely learned a lot over this Fellowship, not only about research and my project topic, but also about myself. Research was not the biggest part of my project, but it was big enough that my experiences with it changed my perspective. I thought research was going to be a lot easier than it actually…

Connections for Career Development

Through Pitt Commons I chose to reach out to an alum named Ted Gobillot, who is currently an MD/PhD student at the University of Washington. I chose to reach out to Ted because I was hoping to get some advice about choosing and applying to MD/PhD programs. I know that it is a very long…

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…

Medicine is More than just Science

I study the history of medicine because I believe that it is extremely important to understand the whole context around medicine in order to better take care of patients. When talking about medicine, it is very easy for many people to become tunnel-visioned on the science. They often think that it boils down to just…

Communication is Key

I think needing to do the research purpose and significance statements were great things to do early on in this project. It forced me to solidify exactly what my project is about, and now I have a clear list of what needs to be done in the coming weeks. It can be so easy with…

Crash Course, but make it Brackenridge

Looking through some of the introductions for the Brackenridge fellowship, there is a great variety in research topics this summer. From students who are making documentaries to studying the biological causes of Alzheimer’s, there are there are so many students who are working to do something new in our community. From my fellow researchers, I…

Quantitative vs. Qualitative – A Cohort Review

There are a lot of things that I hope to learn through this program that both do and do not relate to my project. The quote, “Good artists copy great artists steal” can be applied here, especially with research. There are so many different projects (lab related science, literature review, gender studies, historical, etc.) that…

Digging Through World War II-Era Student Newspapers

Last year, I got really into going through old newspapers and yearbooks. It started as a blog I was writing for our student newspaper here at Pitt, digging through old issues of the newspaper and retelling some of the stories I found there. Now I’m getting the chance to do a larger version of a…

Jazz in the ‘Burgh – David Zahniser

Hi, my name is David Zahniser and I am a rising senior at Pitt. I am a Music Major on the Jazz Track and I love pretty much everything jazz related. I started playing the alto saxophone in 7th grade, but it wasn’t until 10th grade that I started delving deep into jazz. Throughout my…