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Examples from Reflection Essays
Disciplinary Awareness
“The research I did this summer focused on sorption of cesium and strontium by soils. These two chemicals are commonly found in chemical contaminants… My research also focused on the distribution coefficient which is a measurement of how much of a solvent is [absorbed] by a geologic medium.” “I found that many of the readings I came across regarding abortion seemed to convey a strong belief in human rights, which was demonstrated by the dichotomy of “pro-choice” versus “pro-life” beliefs. Both of these stances entail issues surrounding a woman’s right to choose when to give birth as well as a fetus’s right to live, which fall under the realm of reproductive rights.” “The Attorney General can have an impact on public policy when he issues opinions on the legality or constitutionality of proposed or enacted laws. Attorney General Abbott discussed how he established a Cyber Crimes Unit, a Fugitive Unit, and expanded the Medical Fraud Control Unit. He also discussed how he appeared before the Supreme Court in order to defend the constitutionality of the 10 Commandments display on the Texas Capital grounds… The Attorney General can become involved with high-profile public policy, which can leave the office in the public eye.”

Interdisciplinary Awareness
“To understand how a contaminant moves through the soil, you have to understand geology, mineralogy, environmental engineering, and a little bit of nuclear chemistry. If I did not research the mineralogy of my soil sample, I would not have understood what was absorbing the cesium and strontium ions. If I didn’t know some about nuclear chemistry, I would have not understood radioactive liquid tracers that are used to measure distribution coefficients. The engineering work comes in to play in designing and implicating experiments with the implementation of a solution method after.” “While I was reading about abortion policies, I was able to apply a government and international perspective to my research. I also visited health clinics which allowed me to view this issue from a healthcare perspective as well as a social work perspective by witnessing the effects and implementation of governmental policies. Finally, in reflecting about my experience, I was able to apply a women’s studies perspective that reflected patriarchal ideals which makes accessing healthcare difficult for some women.”

“Journalism played a role in my research, because I had to go through many news articles finding relevant materials for my research… Social Justice is a very important part of my research, and I found out through this connecting experience that there are many organizations dedicated to the cause of Social Justice and they employ the same scientific methods in seeking out the truth… I learned that most things involve multiple disciplines like my research. For example, for politics to reach the people, the media has to first organize the information in ways that the people can understand.”

Interdisciplinary Comparison
“A difference that can be observed of different disciplines is their purpose. The environment side is trying to keep the planet clean and sustainable. The purpose of economics (there are many depending on which side one looks from) can be seen as the study of the human behavior and their consumer habits with respect to monetary values. Despite the differences between the two subjects they intersect since policies tend to depend on the economics. A common underlying similarity between disciplines is the expansive nature of things. No discipline is one sided, there is always more to what it seems. They all analyze concepts and come to a conclusion, which can be influenced by their moral purpose.” “The most striking realization I came to was that sociology and psychology relate to each other in more complex ways than I had thought. Previously, I built on the analogy of the natural sciences to think of sociology as the...
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