The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) granted its first-ever Student Researcher Awards to Annie Elledge, a junior majoring in government and international relations and global studies, and Joseph Ricard, a mathematics senior.
Elledge’s work examines the imagery used in the wedding industry in the growing middle class of Uganda. Ricard has been creating natural language processing tools to study the way multilinguals switch between their languages. Both students, in addition to their academic and research achievements, were highly recommended for the awards due to their growth as scholars and their contributions to their respective research teams.
Each Student Researcher Award consists of $1,000 to support students as they engage in undergraduate research to enrich their current academic studies and future careers. The awards encourage undergraduates to participate in research opportunities regardless of their financial resources.
“These two students and their impressive projects represent the incredible contributions undergraduates are making to the research mission of The University of Texas at Austin” said Jeanette Herman, Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives in the School of Undergraduate Studies. “I am so pleased that the Office of Undergraduate Research is able to recognize and support their work through these awards.”
The OUR Student Researcher Awards will continue to be offered every spring.