My CURF in Retrospect

Looking back, these last four months of the CURF experience have really flown by. Thanks to the opportunity presented by the CURF, I’ve been able to take on an entirely independent research project for my departmental honor’s thesis, present this project on two occasions at undergraduate conferences, and successfully defend my thesis. For context, my…

Concluding Thoughts on My Experience at Disability Sports Australia

When I started this journey, I was optimistic about the opportunity to grow professionally and contribute to a meaningful program. I hadn’t had the chance to get hands on nonprofit work previously, so was very excited to learn the ins and outs of how nonprofits operate. I think this came to be the most valuable…

People and Places

I have mixed feelings concluding my third virtual semester. Even after more than a year of conducting almost all aspects of life in a virtual setting, I still find myself adapting to new challenges and restructuring experiences. This class took advantage of the virtual environment by bringing in impressive guest speakers, providing unique opportunities to…

Developing New Professional Skills at Disability Sports Australia

As a program intern at Disability Sports Australia, I am not only gaining experience working in a nonprofit organization, but also working internationally. There are plenty of opportunities to grow a wide variety of skills. Since the organization is located in Sydney, Australia, one would expect it to be difficult to communicate and connect with…

Advice from a CURF Researcher

Getting started in researching can be somewhat intimidating, both if if you have had previously experience as well as if you haven’t. There are tons of different kinds of research out there in different topics and using all kinds of methodology. And if you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, you can always pave…

Reflecting on my CURF Experience

Conducting research can be a challenging endeavor. I was not sure what to expect when I began researching with Professor Hong’s group this year; all I knew is that I was interested in the work. When I first began working on my project this semester, I took a long time to do everything, because I…

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…

The Scientific Method

My experience as an undergraduate researcher has turned out to be an accumulation of experiences. I see the research process as puzzle I have been collecting pieces for over the years. It is clear to me now how throughout my four years at the University my experiences in lab rotations, research based class, and fellowship…

Leaving PHYS 0476…Again

Over the past semester, I have learned a great many things about teaching. Most importantly that it is extremely stressful. Simply speaking in front of a crowd of faces, only a few of which I can confidently say that I know, is quite nerve racking. This semester was made significantly easier by the fact that…

A Look Back at This Semester

Teaching has always been a dynamic idea to me. Every class employs various techniques and principles so students can have the most effective learning experience throughout the semester. However, this semester was different. I was now providing a resource for students to use to help them succeed in class. Something that has shifted my understanding…