Sarah Hulse: The War Metaphor in Metastatic Breast Cancer

About Me Hi friends! My name is Sarah Hulse, and I’m a rising junior here at the University Honors College. I am a Psychology major with certificates in American Sign Language and the Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. In writing this, I probably spent the most time trying to come up with a fun fact worth…

Hannah Kirsch: Gender Cues and Nonbinary They

Hello everyone! My name is Hannah Kirsch and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am a rising senior in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. I am a psychology major with linguistics and Spanish minors. About me: I am from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Outside of school, I enjoy cooking and crocheting. A fun fact about…

Reflecting on my CURF experience

I am still in disbelief that this semester is coming to an end, along with my research project that I have been working on for the past 2 years now. With the support of the CURF Fellowship, I was able to successfully defend my Bachelor of Philosophy honors thesis to my committee members last week….

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,…