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Several Undergraduate Studies staff members have been awarded for their contributions to the Forty Acres. Congratulations to these outstanding employees for their dedication to the mission of the School of Undergraduate Studies and The University of Texas at Austin. Civitatis Award
The School of Undergraduate Studies, the Center for Skills & Experience Flags, and Texas Libraries announced winners of the 2019 Writing Flag Awards. This year’s winners, who are typically honored at a spring ceremony, received over $2,400 collectively for their winning work. Due to the closure of campus, students will be recognized at next year’s spring 2021 award ceremony.
With this spring’s transition to online coursework, student leaders in the Undergraduate Studies Council (UGSC) had to adapt existing plans for the socials, meetings, and elections that support the student body. During the university’s closure, these virtual gatherings have become an important outlet for students who need a break and want to stay connected with their peers.
The Office of Undergraduate Research hosted the annual Longhorn Research Poster Session as an online event April 16-17 during Research Week. Students presented more than 110 research posters on interdisciplinary topics ranging from history to human development to molecular biology. For the transition to a virtual event, presenters uploaded images of their posters, with some also providing supporting materials such as audio descriptions and videos.
Two undergraduate Public Speaking Center (PSC) consultants won an award for their paper at the annual National Association of Communication Centers conference on March 27-28. Jordan Rickaway, a public health senior, and Kylie Northam, a Plan II and psychology junior, were given the Bob and Ann Weiss Undergraduate Student Paper Award for “Building Strong Voices in Another Dimension,” which explored the use of virtual reality in communication centers.
Read messages sent to members of the School of Undergraduates Studies community during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Messages are organized by program.
Getting used to the way things are presented in an online course can feel like an even bigger hurdle than the course material itself. Here are five tips to help you achieve success in your online course.
On March 10, the Office of Undergraduate Research announced the winners of the fifth annual Texas Student Research Showdown, a research communication competition. Participants created two-minute videos to explain their research and creative activity to a general audience. A panel of 15 judges scored the videos on their ability to capture an audience’s attention, tell a narrative, convey rigorous scholarship, and target a general audience. More than 1,500 current UT undergraduates also voted for an audience award winner.
The School of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) is proud to congratulate students in the top 4% of the UGS cohort. 129 students on the UGS Dean’s List earned a GPA of a 4.0 in fall or spring 2019. The recipients were invited to celebrate their academic achievements at the annual Dean’s List banquet with Dean Brent Iverson and keynote speaker Associate Dean Lori Holleran Steiker on Wednesday, March 4.
The School of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) will host four events for kids, families, and school groups during Explore UT on Saturday, March 7. For the third year in a row, UGS Dean Brent Iverson will serve as the chair of the event. Read more about our events below. We’ll see you on Saturday!

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