My Brackenridge Reflection: All the things are interconnected

This summer with Brackenridge helps me to paint a three-dimensional view around research by connecting research works across discinplines, scholars with different backgrounds, and research to my personal goal, life and belief. The whole experience of me to discover the facilitators and barriers of wireless technology use of rehabilitation providers is not only solely focusing…

Brackenridge Gathers All Up: My Cohort – Yifan Xiang

As North Oakland stepped into the summer, the Brackenridge fellowship gave me a fresh and hot taste of what it’s like to be in an interdisciplinary cohort (discussion group). This challenged my understanding of “ interdisciplinary”, before, I thought this can only happen when the two disciplines have overlapped such as the science-based engineering and…

Uphill Battles

Thank you! The past three months have been some of the most rewarding months of my college experience. I learned more about myself as a student and researcher than I anticipated. So while, I am extremely proud of the work we all completed this summer, I am even more proud of the people we became…

Learning How to Communicate Effectively

People diagnosed with hearing loss often have complex diagnoses because there are so many causes and forms of hearing loss.  Therefore, when presenting my research, I think it will be important to provide a thorough background with explanations of different types of hearing loss and how they are specifically or uniquely treated. Furthermore, many people…

Bridging Gaps

One of the most compelling aspects of the Brackenridge Fellowship is the diverse community of students that it engages. Though I am very passionate about nursing and love the intimate classes, I often feel like there is an obstacle in my way for meeting different students. Just 3 weeks in, I feel a connection to…

Developing and Understanding My Research Network

Through my research this summer I hope to learn more technical aspects of data coding and collection. Specifically, this summer I am working with my faculty mentor and research team to utilize a software called Dedoose to analyze interviews of alum from the Justice Scholars Program in hopes of finding key data that can lead…

Learning from Interdisciplinary Research

“Come up with a research proposal where everyone in the group can contribute a part of their expertise.” After hearing those words, my first thought was that was, quite simply, not possible. What topic could seven people studying seven completely different fields research together? How could we blend chemistry, biology, and math with political science,…

All Together Now: Cannon Crew

A major part of my initial interest in the Brackenridge program was the community it promised. An interdisciplinary group of bright undergraduates, with diverse backgrounds and experiences, all coming together to explore and share their individual interests. The level of curiosity and ambition I’ve seen these first few weeks has been motivating and inspiring, and…