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…

My Story of Becoming a Researcher

I took the Honors Physics 2 course, PHYS 0476, with Dr. Hong in the spring of my freshman year. I remember going to one of his first office hours in the beginning of the semester and asking him about his research. It was not my intention to start researching with him, as I already had…

Add One Good Thing at a Time

Looking out from the Cathedral of Learning (lovingly called Cathy), Oakland is equally awe-inspiring and overwhelming. You can see fairly far from the 35th and 36th floors claimed by the University Honors College, and in a rather cliché but sweet fashion, it makes our “crossing boundaries” motto feel very literal when there are no boundaries…

Teaching is One of Life’s Greatest Adventures

The past few months have been a lot of fun working with Professor Hong to develop these lab projects. I have enjoyed relooking at the assignments I grappled with last year and searching for ways to improve them. One of the reasons I was a great fit for this project was because I had firsthand…

Started from the one…now I’m here!

As a freshman, going to activity fairs was so overwhelming for me. I had a few hobbies, but I wasn’t too sure on what I wanted to pursue in college. I got into working out over senior year of high school and was on the lookout for some workout buddies. Consequently, I was instantly attracted…

Asking and Answering Questions – Satya Paruchuri

I think the goal of any research is to ask and answer questions. When I first came to the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), I knew I wanted to study strokes because of my family’s medical history. Therefore, I cold-emailed professors and physicians at UPMC and Pitt, who study strokes. For anyone wanting to get started…

Experiences as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

It was freshman year when I first met Dr. Gardner in a new Biology UTA preparation class. Before I decided to pursue genetic counseling, I originally came to Pitt with the idea of eventually becoming a Biology teacher. So, I thought taking the class would help me develop some skills that would prepare me for…

Becoming a Researcher – Friedrich Doku

This semester, I decided to work on a research project, but I needed someone to mentor me. I am interested in computer security and embedded systems, so it had to be someone who shared those interests. To look for a mentor, I scrolled the faculty page of the CS department. I read about each professor…

“Do not throw away your shot” of being a UTA!

I was lucky enough to be afforded this opportunity to be an undergraduate teaching assistant through what seems to be pure luck. In May of 2020, the Political Science department sent out inquiries looking for undergraduate students who were interested in serving as Research Assistants. I applied and was then matched up with Dr. Andrew…

Overcoming Barriers in Ecological Research

I realized I was interested in ecology and wanted to have a role in studying the complexities of relationships between organisms and their environment after taking several ecology courses. I started talking to my ecology professor at this time and asked how one can get involved in ecological research, and she advised me to try to get in contact with principal investigators that focus on ecology at…