CUTF Introduction: Scene August Wilson, Take 2, and… Action!

If I’ve learned one thing in the world of filmmaking, it’s that you’ll rarely get the perfect shot in the first take. But take 2? Take 2 is full of possibility and promise. You troubleshoot the faults in the camera choreography, mark your focus points, spray flyaways down, adjust the lights, and you have the…

CUTF Introduction: Political Theory and the Future Project

Hello everyone! My name is Madison Stanley. This is my third year at Pitt, and I will be graduating this Spring with a Political Science major, German minor, and Global Studies certificate. I’m also a second-year Resident Assistant for the Honors LLC in Sutherland Hall and the Sustainability and Wellness lead for the Residential Programming…

Uphill Battles

Thank you! The past three months have been some of the most rewarding months of my college experience. I learned more about myself as a student and researcher than I anticipated. So while, I am extremely proud of the work we all completed this summer, I am even more proud of the people we became…

Communicating Our Research

Being able to effectively communicate your research to audiences not within your field is one of the most important aspects of research. Most people who come across your study likely will not be in your field and, in order for your study to have credibility, it is important for you to be able to show…

Inter-Disciplinary Learning Opportunities in the Brackenridge Community

A common deficiency in Ideal theory is an author’s failure to view a problem outside the conceptual framework that they have chosen. This problem is especially prevalent in Justice theory because many theorists have attempted to ground their arguments in absolute, transcendental, metaphysical, theological, etc., truth. One of my personal goals in researching and writing…

Working With Others

There are a lot of very interesting projects in this fellowship that I am very interested to hear about as the fellowship goes on. After getting to know some of the people and their projects through the introduction posts as well as the breakout room discussions, I can tell that there are going to be…

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,…