Getting involved in research

I can confidently say that getting involved with research was the best decision I made as a Pitt student. It not only shaped my entire undergraduate career, but also prepared me for my future goals. I remember the day I found out about the directed research opportunities at Pitt. I was walking back to campus…

Taking Children into Account, CURF Introduction: Caitlin Convery

Hello! My name is Caitlin Convery and one unique fact about me is that I lived in Northern Ireland for 8 years, but I quickly lost my accent after moving to the U.S. I am currently a senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology, with a particular interest in…

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…

Independence Within a Community: My Brackenridge Fellowship

It is hard to believe that my time as a Brackenridge fellow is drawing to a close. It feels like just yesterday that my graduate student mentor Shirley Duong was teaching me how to navigate the video coding tool Datavyu, which is the program we use to transcribe and code our recordings of home visits….

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…

The Value of Interdisciplinary Research

Before working on the UHC Ideathon proposal for the Brackenridge Fellowship, I had only worked on research proposals with collaborators in the same research lab as me. We all approached the research problem from similar viewpoints due to our shared academic and research background. Thus, when we were discussing the technical aspects of the proposal,…

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…

Networking: The Importance of Shared Interests

When reading through the profiles of the various Brackenridge alumni, Sam Cwalina’s profile piqued my interest. She obtained a psychology degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010 and is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Southern California studying anxiety disorders and e-cigarette use among adolescents and young adults. Sam’s areas of expertise…

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…