To the untrained eye the Forty Acres seems quiet in the summer, but there is still a lot going on around campus. The Summer Research Scholars Programs bring students from across the nation to UT.
The Office of Undergraduate Research coordinates activities for the participants of 13 Summer Research Scholars Programs. More than half the students participating in the programs come from other universities. Summer researchers are sponsored by various national grants and UT departments like Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Chemistry & Biochemistry, as well as research units like the College of Liberal Arts’s Population Research Center and the Environmental Science Institute. This is the first year the McNair Scholars program has joined the program with their Summer Research Institute.
“Had I not been accepted into McNair Scholars Research Institute this summer, I would not have had the opportunity to carry out a summer research project, publish a research paper, and present my findings,” said Aislynn Fulton, undergraduate researcher in the Language Learning and Bilingualism Lab. “I believe my experiences as an undergraduate researcher have made me a more competitive graduate student applicant and have prepared me for the rigors of graduate school.”
The Office of Undergraduate Research hosts activities that connect summer researchers with colleagues and faculty from across disciplines. The Summer Research Scholars Programs include organized social and informative events like a bowling night and a Grad School 101 lecture.
“I think doing research is a great way to spend the summer building your skill set,” said Agnes Savich, administrative associate for the Office of Undergraduate Research. “Especially when working closely with UT Austin faculty who will get to know you well enough to potentially be a great resource for graduate school letters of recommendation.”