Mischief Management: Reflections and Advice on Learning to Teach

Developing close working relationships with your professors is by far the best way to get involved with research and other fellowships here at Pitt. My faculty mentor, Dr. Lori Campbell, has actually been a part of my journey at Pitt since before I even officially started here. In the spring of 2019, just a few…

Mischief Management: Teaching Harry Potter in a Pandemic World

Hello, everyone! I’m Sarah, a senior Literature and Classics major. I am the Vice President of the Fantasy Studies Fellowship here at Pitt, and I also served on the conference committee for the Undergraduate Literature Conference this year, even though we unfortunately had to cancel due to the pandemic shutdown. This summer, I conducted independent…

Change Isn’t So Bad

I will forever value the experience I was granted this summer as part of the Brackenridge Fellowship. I learned a lot about interdisciplinary work, the research process, and the opportunities available to me at Pitt. This summer I learned that research, particularly the methods and timeline of a study, are not as strict as I…

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…

Connecting With the World (Starting From My Childhood Bedroom)

The Brackenridge alum I chose to connect with via Pitt Commons was Sam Cwalina, a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California. It is incredible that as Pitt students we are able to make such connections with people across the country, and, I expect, the rest of the world. I chose to request a…

Interdisciplinary Networking and You

A major focus of the Brackenridge Fellowship is interdisciplinary networking. From the beginning, this was something that drew me to the program, and now, as our presentations approach, I can confidently say that it has already paid off in spades. Interacting with my cohort, a group made up of researchers from many different fields of…

Crossing Academic Boundaries

In order to make one’s research accessible to all audiences, which is paramount to the universality of such studies, it is imperative that the information be translated, at least partially, into lay speak. Otherwise, no one beyond a small subset of people in a particular niche of study will be able to grasp the core…

Communication is Key: Translating “The Point” Across Disciplines

When it comes to my research, I’m well aware that, for people outside of my field, it’s all too easy to miss “the point.” The value of some forms of research are simply more obvious. While the average person may not understand the intricacies of scientific jargon, it’s simple to grasp the why: that is,…

My Cohort: The Cannon Crew Loves Research Too! 💣

Meet the Cannon Crew Over these first weeks of the Brackenridge Fellowship, as we all begin to settle into the groove of weekly seminars and research, I have had the opportunity to begin to get to know my fellow cohort members. I am part of the group mentored by Josh Cannon, so we quickly dubbed…

My Cohort

The main reason for my initial interest in this fellowship, and partly why I am so eager to begin working within my cohort, is the interdisciplinary nature of the Brackenridge fellowship. Not only is my project itself interdisciplinary, but my personal and professional interests are rather diverse as well, so this boundary-crossing aspect of the…