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The Vick Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling has been given this year’s Robert Murff Award for Excellence. This award honors individuals or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding support of career services at The University of Texas at Austin. The award was established in 1998 by the Texas Campus Career Council and is named in honor of the founder of the Career Exploration Center, Dr. Robert Murff, in recognition of his lasting contribution to campus career services.
As students prepare for summer break, four Undergraduate Studies (UGS) students are planning to explore majors and careers. UGS is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Summer Exploration Grant: Edenya Asgedom, Kirk Baltzell, Ethan Cavazos, and Evana Wang, whose summer experiences range from interning in South Africa to touring with a world-renowned drum corps.
For the past thirty years at The University of Texas, the majority of Pat Davis’ teaching has focused on infectious diseases, with an emphasis on antibiotic treatment, and an audience of advanced pharmacy students. It was reading about the bubonic plague that kindled his interest in understanding the intersection between disease, science, religion, government, and societal beliefs.
The Blanton Museum of Art and BeVocal, UT’s bystander intervention initiative, will collaborate in the fall semester to facilitate customized workshops for Signature Courses. The workshops will introduce students to bystander intervention using observational skills paired with carefully selected works of art in the gallery.
The Leading & Learning: Student Educator Forum, hosted by the Sanger Learning Center and Be Vocal, was held on Saturday, April 21, at the Perry Castaneda Library Learning Labs. Student educators, peer mentors, and staff members from across the Forty Acres gathered to hear keynotes from university leaders and participate in panel discussions.
Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDP) student and undergraduate researcher Joy Youwakim was named a top-five finalist in the General Mills Feeding Better Futures Scholars Program for her project “Produce Growth Atop Landfills.” Youwakim is a senior studying economics, is pursuing the Environment & Sustainability BDP certificate, and is a research ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR).
The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University have a long-standing rivalry on the football field, but as a new initiative for undergraduate researchers illustrates, that rivalry is overshadowed by a spirit of collaboration in the lab and in the library.
The School of Undergraduate Studies and the Office of Undergraduate Research hosted events across the Forty Acres showcasing undergraduate research and creative projects for Research Week. We talked with students at the Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDP) poster session and the Longhorn Research Poster Session to get their take on conducting undergraduate research and how it has enhanced their time at The University of Texas at Austin.
On Saturday, April 14, The University of Texas at Austin celebrated its 70th annual Honors Day Ceremony, where seven students from the School of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) were recognized for their outstanding academic achievement.

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