Mischief Management: Reflections and Advice on Learning to Teach

Developing close working relationships with your professors is by far the best way to get involved with research and other fellowships here at Pitt. My faculty mentor, Dr. Lori Campbell, has actually been a part of my journey at Pitt since before I even officially started here. In the spring of 2019, just a few…

Mischief Management: Teaching Harry Potter in a Pandemic World

Hello, everyone! I’m Sarah, a senior Literature and Classics major. I am the Vice President of the Fantasy Studies Fellowship here at Pitt, and I also served on the conference committee for the Undergraduate Literature Conference this year, even though we unfortunately had to cancel due to the pandemic shutdown. This summer, I conducted independent…

Reflection on the Ideathon & Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Going into the Brackenridge Fellowship this summer, one of the things I was most looking forward to was interacting with student scholars from a range of disciplines. I have already had several opportunities to do so, through spending time in my cohort and through attending seminar sessions, but the Ideathon pitch has definitely been the…

Interdisciplinary Networking and You

A major focus of the Brackenridge Fellowship is interdisciplinary networking. From the beginning, this was something that drew me to the program, and now, as our presentations approach, I can confidently say that it has already paid off in spades. Interacting with my cohort, a group made up of researchers from many different fields of…

Communication is Key: Translating “The Point” Across Disciplines

When it comes to my research, I’m well aware that, for people outside of my field, it’s all too easy to miss “the point.” The value of some forms of research are simply more obvious. While the average person may not understand the intricacies of scientific jargon, it’s simple to grasp the why: that is,…

My Cohort: The Cannon Crew Loves Research Too! 💣

Meet the Cannon Crew Over these first weeks of the Brackenridge Fellowship, as we all begin to settle into the groove of weekly seminars and research, I have had the opportunity to begin to get to know my fellow cohort members. I am part of the group mentored by Josh Cannon, so we quickly dubbed…

Brackenridge Introduction – Sarah C. Street

Introduction Hello, everyone! I’m Sarah, a Literature and Classics major (who is contemplating adding a Linguistics minor!). I am the Vice President of the Fantasy Studies Fellowship here at Pitt, and I also served on the conference committee for the Undergraduate Literature Conference this year, even though we unfortunately had to cancel due to the…