My Brackenridge Experience

During my experience in the Brackenridge Fellowship this summer, I learned about various ways of conducting research and the importance of effective communication. My perception of the research process changed over the summer when I discovered that it is hardly ever a linear process. One specific event that led to my new perception of conducting…

Building from the Ground-up: Effectively Communicating Research

Effectively communicating research to a diverse audience is an important skill to acquire. One strategy I would utilize to convey my research to a broad and diverse audience would be to discuss my research in general terms and then transition to a detailed discussion of the specifics of my research. Building from the ground-up would…

Break Your Knowledge Down to Build Other’s Knowledge Up

In science, it is easy to just say “I’m going to publish a paper with my results and move on to my next discovery”. However, a lot of the literature published is either hard to access either through selective access or availability to pay for access. Additionally, many people who are not formally trained in…

Bridging the Perceived Divide Between Qualitative and Quantitative Research

The Brackenridge here at the University of Pittsburgh offers an experience like no other, connecting people working under vastly different areas of study.  A microcosm of this program is exemplified by my cohort containing distinctly unique individuals. From tackling peanut allergies, to the societal use of they, to the perception of love and music and…

Hunsi Jayaprakash – What we can learn from forgetting

Hey everyone! My name is Hunsi Jayaprakash, and I am a rising senior. I am majoring in computer science and minoring in neuroscience. I am on the graduate track intending to pursue a career in the field of Computational Neuroscience. As the name suggests, I am interested in this interdisciplinary field because it involves the…

Nicole Horan: Combatting the Response “We Don’t Know That Yet”

About Me Hi! My name is Nicole Horan and I am a rising senior majoring in Neuroscience and Molecular Biology with a minor in Chemistry. The main reason I got into neuroscience stemmed from my frustration of the answer “We don’t know that yet”. Frequently, my questions about the brain or the biology behind behavior…

Started from the one…now I’m here!

As a freshman, going to activity fairs was so overwhelming for me. I had a few hobbies, but I wasn’t too sure on what I wanted to pursue in college. I got into working out over senior year of high school and was on the lookout for some workout buddies. Consequently, I was instantly attracted…

French culture, Theatre, Neuroscience and Honors courses

I came to Pitt knowing very little about majors or minors. I was the first from my family to study in the states for my undergraduate studies, so I did not exactly have any guidance like that either. However, my focus was Neuroscience and so that is what I decided to major in. It was…

Vomiting Physiology – A Work in Progress

Throughout my time working under the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship (CURF), I have gained a greater understanding of the research process as a whole. I have experienced some highs and lows in my work this semester, but I am glad to say that I took something away from each and every experience. Sometimes, it is…