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The Blackstone LaunchPad will participate in three events during SXSW EDU. In its eighth year, the education-focused offshoot of the South by Southwest conference brings administrators, teachers, business professionals, and members of the government and non-profit sectors together from March 5-8 “with a shared goal of impacting the future of teaching and learning.”
The School of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) hosted five events for school groups and families on Saturday, March 3 at Explore UT. UGS Council invited children to attend “Superhero Boot Camp,” where they built light switches with Storm, completed puzzles with Thor, guided Captain America through a maze, and more. These activities highlighted how superhero skills can correspond to job skills.
If you find your focus wandering as you study for that exam or write a paper, the solution could be in your back pocket. More specifically, the solution could be removing what’s in your back pocket—your smartphone. Research conducted by a professor at The University of Texas at Austin shows the constant, convenient connection we gain from our smartphones often comes at the expense of our ability to focus.
This distinction is given to UGS students who earned a grade point average in the top 4% of their class.
The third annual Interdisciplinary Studies Week (ISW), hosted by the Senate of College Councils and Undergraduate Studies Council, matched 63 students in the School of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) across 37 majors and 10 undergraduate colleges and schools with a mentor enrolled in a major they’re interested in pursuing.
As of January 1, Mitch Jacobson is the new executive director of the Blackstone LaunchPad.
A team of undergraduates at The University of Texas at Austin combines teaching, language, and the arts into a program that serves K-12 schoolchildren of all backgrounds.
An internship is one of the best ways to gain real-world experience while you’re still in college. If you’re going to find a summer internship, its best to plan ahead and start looking early. Here are some resources and things to consider as you get started. First Things First Before you begin looking for an internship, think about your interests and objectives. What do you hope to gain from the experience? What type of work do you want to do and in what kind of organization? Are you looking for a paid internship or course credit? Maybe both?
The School of Undergraduate Studies honored three staff members and three supervisors for their outstanding contributions to the school’s mission to enrich the undergraduate experience at The University of Texas at Austin. Outstanding Staff Alan Grimes
Three Undergraduate Studies students were able to investigate majors and expand their perspectives with assistance from the Summer Exploration Grant. Although the recipients used the grant money for different experiences, they came to similarly enlightening conclusions about how to spend the rest of their time at The University of Texas and what their lives might look like after graduation.

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