Alex Chin

Alex and friends eating dinner.

Alex Chin Jan 26, 2022 3:02 pm

Commuter Spaces in Unexpected Places

As a younger commuter student, I was accustomed to driving to campus early in the day and leaving extremely late. Sometimes I wouldn’t get back home until after midnight, as I was busy spending time with my friends in the handful of lounges around campus—mainly, the commuter lounge and Heinz lounge...

Alex Chin Dec 21, 2021 2:34 pm

The Side of Forensic Science You Don’t See on TV

Most of us got our first introduction to forensic science through shows like Law and Order, CSI, NCIS, Dexter, and Forensic Files. These shows actually inspired me to pursue forensics as a career.  As someone who was looking to help people with science, forensics was both fascinating and...

Alex Chin overlooking a cliff in Ireland

Alex Chin Nov 18, 2021 3:07 pm

Summer STEM Research: Creating Opportunity During COVID

So much for best-laid plans. I was ahead of the game with my study abroad application, and since the start of 2020, I had meticulously scheduled all of my classes, undergraduate and graduate, to fit in a final celebration before graduation. I was bound for the Gold Coast in Australia, slated to...

Alex and friends enjoying a meal together

Alex Chin Oct 28, 2021 4:38 pm

Finding Comfort Outside the ‘Binary’

During the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was suddenly placed in a situation where my academic and family life collided. With virtual school, I could no longer physically separate the two parts of my life. On campus, I had carved out a space in which I could exist as a nonbinary student, tutor,...