Blog 2: Becoming a Researcher

I first became interested in research by speaking with some students about their experiences in research labs. I then did some exploring online and found a wealth of amazing and intriguing research going on at Pitt and began reaching out to labs that I saw were looking for students or that just sounded interesting. I…

About me and my research with Parkinon’s Disease!

Hi everyone 🙂 My name is Kush Batra and I’m a third-year Natural Sciences student in the College of General Studies. I am also set to graduate this April! I hail from East Brunswick, New Jersey, but spent six years of my childhood living in Queens, New York. In my free time, I enjoy creating…

Communicating My Research – Akshitha Maddula

Throughout my undergraduate research career, I have found that there has always been a specific emphasis on presentation. I took a class called Speaking of Science, in which we had to practice presenting the same research project to various audiences. I find that a lot of what we learned in that class connects to what…

Wrapping up HSRF

The summer that we are now approaching the end of has had a great impact on my understanding of and relationship with research. Although I have been active in the lab since my freshman year, much of this was a hands-off, virtual experience due to the pandemic. As such, coming back into the lab physically…

Communicating Neuroscience Research

In the rest of my time in college, in graduate school, in work, and beyond, I will always need to be able to present my research to others. This may take the form of poster presentations, papers for school, interviews, conferences, and publishing. Whether talking to researchers in other fields or friends and family, it…

The Expansive HSRF Cohort

Photo taken from Biomedical Science Tower 3 I had no doubts that being placed with fellow students researching the health sciences would enrich my own experience this summer, and so far, this has proven to be true. I have (and hope to continue to) learn about other students’ research fields, inquiries, and methods. The ability…

My Brackenridge Beginnings

About Me Hi everyone, my name is Vivek (he/him) and I’m a rising senior double majoring in computer science and psychology with minors in economics and English literature. I grew up in Monroeville, PA (about 20 minutes away from campus) and have an older brother who graduated from CMU. I came to Pitt to pursue…

HSRF Summer, Start!

Hi everyone, my name is Sarah Berg and I am excited to participate in the Health Sciences Research Fellowship this summer. I am a rising senior majoring in neuroscience with minors in political science and chemistry. Aside from research, I am passionate about most things nerdy, from music theory to tabletop roleplaying games. This summer,…

Research: Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.

Along with the support of CURF, I was able to concentrate on my research in the Dixon lab. It has given me the flexibility to make a research plan for my thesis project and execute it. This semester I honed my wet-lab skills and became comfortable with the techniques such as ELISA and western blots….