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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!
Before Undergraduate Studies (UGS) students declare a major, they have the chance to test drive one during Interdisciplinary Studies Week (ISW). In its fifth year, ISW—a partnership between UGS and Senate of College Councils—pairs upper-class mentors with undeclared students. The program offers a dedicated week of major exploration, encouraging students and their mentors to meet up for coffee and attend classes together, giving them a sneak peek of their future day-to-day studies.
The Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDPs) are expanding their offerings with the launch of two new interdisciplinary certificates this spring: Smart Cities and Patients, Practitioners & Cultures of Care.
Musicians dream of Carnegie Hall and athletes aspire to compete in the Olympics. In academia, no single journal serves as the definitive and ultimate goal for publishing research. But, as biomedical engineering junior and undergraduate researcher Luke Heckmann knows, if anything comes close, it’s the journal Science.
Since 2010, the School of Undergraduate Studies’ Summer Exploration Grant has given UGS students the opportunity to explore their research interests during the summer break. Grants can be requested in any amount up to $2,000, and have helped UGS students travel, conduct lab research, complete unpaid internships, volunteer, and more. Read about the 2019 recipients and then consider applying for the 2020 Summer Exploration Grant.
Michelle Habeck, a professor in the Department of Theater and Dance in the College of Fine Arts, is the recipient of the 2019 Holleran Steiker Award for Creative Student Engagement. The Holleran Steiker Award is given to an outstanding Signature Course faculty member.
The Greater Texas Foundation has announced a new $21,966 grant to support the 2020 and 2021 Transfer Student Leadership Summits. Hosted by the Transfer-Year Experience (TYE) program in the School of Undergraduate Studies, the summit convenes students, staff, and faculty from colleges and universities around Texas to tackle the challenges associated with being a transfer student.
I have taught my UGS 303 course eight times over a five-year period, to between 100 and 150 students each time it has been offered. The size of the course is a noteworthy challenge. As noted by Hensley & Oakley (1998), “The solution is to develop innovative methods of classroom instruction that can reduce, if not eliminate, many of the difficulties inherent in the mass class.” These and other creative pedagogical techniques can be applied successfully in a broad range of courses regardless of class topic and size.

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