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...