Undergraduate Research Program

Callie Nissing

Nissing, Callie
Major: Spanish, Comparative History of Ideas (CHID)
Mentor: Tyler Fox, Human Centered Design & Engineering; Joel Ong, DXARTS; Rebecca Cummins,Photomedia; Phillip Thurtle, CHID

Contact: nissical@uw.edu

Current research project: Proprioceptive Thinking: A Kinetic Critique of Educational Movements



Translate your work so that we can all understand its importance
I compared the cognitive sense of understanding to the proprioceptive one and examined how we could better our cognitive learning model within the current education system in order to promote social change. This included an artistic piece that was a GIF installation displayed in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery. I altered the movement of dancers and created a distorted GIF by using each dancer’s answer to a standardized test in order to reflect the distorted view of success our current standardized system has.

What is the most challenging and/or sometimes frustrating aspect of your undergraduate research experience? What did you learn from it?

The most challenging aspect from doing research was the initial developing of an idea. The entire process consisted of a lot of failure that would help me decide what I did not want to do, but overall that experience is what makes your end product feel so rewarding. Those moments are moments to grow and I think when you learn the most. Research constantly pushed me to attempt and conquer skills that I never thought I could.

What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research?
Even if you don’t have an exact idea, have a starting place. There has to be SOMETHING that you find interesting and passionate about. Begin there and you might even find what you don’t find interesting which can be equally as helpful.