Turning a New Leaf

As a recipient of the Chancellors Undergraduate Research Fellowship, I was able to embark on a journey that taught me so much about the research process, under the supervision of my mentor, Dr. Emily Elliott. This opportunity has been incredible, as I have had the chance to work with many of my professors, researchers, and…

Becoming a Researcher

Undertaking a research project sounds intimidating, at least to me. I never thought I would be doing research of my own during my time here at Pitt, but here I am. I did not even know that I could get involved with research as an undergraduate student until last semester, after giving a presentation in…

Isotopic Analysis of CMNH Herbarium Samples

Since the late 1700s, coal mining played an important role in sustaining Pittsburgh’s economy. In 1875, steel production began in Pittsburgh and became the main driver of economic success in the area. Steel production flourished until the Great Depression when the industry began to decline. By the 1980s, more than 75 percent of steel production…

Semester Reflection: Two-Yard Runs

At the beginning of this semester my Principal Investigator, Dr. Samer Tohme, stressed that this process would require a lot of patience. He emphasized that progress in research is slow, occasionally frustrating, and anything but linear. He compared it to running the ball in football. There were going to be a lot of two-yard runs,…

Stop, Breathe, Reevaluate, Repeat: A Reflection on My CURF Experience

Going into this research project, I definitely overestimated how much time I would have to research everything that I wanted to. I was so excited to examine the role that prejudice and xenophobia played in immigration during times of disease that I tried to take on way more than what was feasible and realistic. Initially,…

My Skill Acquisition

I believe this research expanded my understanding of interdisciplinary research as I see it. With an ultimate career path of becoming a healthcare provider, a more traditional research experience may be in a lab or hospital setting. I have also incorporated the traditional research experiences into my undergraduate career, but I strongly believe in the…

Developing and Understanding My Research Network

Through my research this summer I hope to learn more technical aspects of data coding and collection. Specifically, this summer I am working with my faculty mentor and research team to utilize a software called Dedoose to analyze interviews of alum from the Justice Scholars Program in hopes of finding key data that can lead…

Highlighting the Importance of My Research

When thinking about discussing the importance of my research to a general audience I try to think of what I may have in common with the audience. In general I think about where my audience and I may agree. A book that I always think of in addressing how to communicate something I feel important…