A Group Project but Everyone (Actually) Participates

In my Social Psychology class, I learned that people are typically bad at estimating their own contributions. For instance, if asked to report the percentage of a project they contributed, the total sum of everyone’s estimation is more than one hundred percent. That being said, I think if you asked most of my fellow fellows…

The Interdisciplinary Revolution

Modern research involving interdisciplinary work is undeniably revolutionary; the advances made possible by the establishment of connections between professions that were previously considered unrelated are remarkable. Having the unique opportunity to experience this myself via the Brackenridge Fellowship Ideathon allowed me to witness the omnipotence of this method of research.  I have always been a…

Ideathon Reflection

When doing research in our fields, we don’t really connect with people outside of our disciplines. However, Brackenridge fellowship offers the opportunity to work with students who have different disciplinary knowledge for me. This project makes me realize that using knowledge from multiple disciplines is the best approach to solve problems in real life. We…

Getting the Ideathon

I’ve been enjoying the interdisciplinary nature of the Brackenridge seminars in general — I like learning new things as I listen to other people talk about their research — but the Ideathon project took that interdisciplinary element to the next level. Our Ideathon group was genuinely diverse, with scientists like Hilary, social science students like…

Reflection on the Ideathon & Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Going into the Brackenridge Fellowship this summer, one of the things I was most looking forward to was interacting with student scholars from a range of disciplines. I have already had several opportunities to do so, through spending time in my cohort and through attending seminar sessions, but the Ideathon pitch has definitely been the…

Ideathon: Unity among the Diverse

The ideathon was an activity unlike anything I have really done before.  While the whole of the Brackenridge Fellowship has been interdisciplinary via the community it creates, the ideathon granted a more ‘hands-on’ experience to the functioning of interdisciplinary research and working in a community of diverse researchers.  Though we are not executing the proposal…

What a Great Ideathon

I thought the Ideathon was a formative experience in my understanding about interdisciplinary collaboration. Needing to work on this project with people that seemed to be from every different type of discipline obviously had a lot of different barriers. We all had different approaches to how to solve the problem from the outset, as we…

We’re All In This Together!

Coming into this project, I did not expect to enjoy it nearly as much as I did. Not only did I make new friends and learn about various unique projects and academic interests, but I was able to brainstorm a solution to a problem I care about quite a bit. What amazed me about the…